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  • Fact #251

    Back in the day, tobacco companies provided the White House with complimentary gold-sealed Presidential" cigarettes. Way to hail the chief.

    Fact #251

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    Back in the day, tobacco companies provided the White House with complimentary gold-sealed Presidential" cigarettes. Way to hail the chief.

  • Fact #107

    In 2008, more than 48 million Americans had successfully quit smoking.

    Fact #107

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    In 2008, more than 48 million Americans had successfully quit smoking.

    Source:

    CDC. Cigarette Smoking Among Adults and Trends in Smoking Cessation- United States, 2008. MMWR 2009; 58(44): 1229.

    URL: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5844.pdf
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    • infographic

    Ammonia is in tobacco smoke. It's also used to clean toilets.

    Source:

    NCI. Risks Associated with Smoking Cigarettes with Low Machine-Measured Yields of Tar and Nicotine. Smoking and Tobacco Control Monograph No. 13. Bethesda, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute, NIH Pub. No. 02-5074, October 2001. Page 178 of PDF.

    URL: http://cancercontrol.cancer.gov/brp/tcrb/monographs/13/m13_complete.pdf
  • Fact #25

    Nicotine is addictive.

    Fact #25

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    • big tobacco
    • cigarettes
    • science

    Nicotine is addictive.

    Source:

    U.S.Department of Health and Human Services. The Health Consequences of Smoking: Nicotine Addiction: A Report of the Surgeon General. Rockville, MD. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, 1988.

    URL: http://1.usa.gov/LThF3e
  • Fact #273

    You get double the matches if you're not smoking in your profile pics.

    Fact #273

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    You get double the matches if you're not smoking in your profile pics.

  • Fact #188

    Acetone is found in cigarette smoke. Acetone also removes nail polish.

    Fact #188

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    • cigarettes

    Acetone is found in cigarette smoke. Acetone also removes nail polish.

    Source:

    for Acetone
    22-Nov-04
    Access Date: October 25, 2005

    URL: http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/toxfaqs/tf.asp?id=4&tid=1
    Source:

    Acetone is found in cigarette smoke

    NCI. Risks Associated with Smoking Cigarettes with Low Machine-Measured Yeilds of Tar and Nicotine. Smoking and Tobacco Control Monograph No. 13. Bethesda, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute, NIH Pub. No. 02-5074, October 2001.
    Category: Ingredients
    Fact Created: 11/10/2004

    URL: http://cancercontrol.cancer.gov/tcrb/monographs/13/m13_complete.pdf
  • Fact #27

    Ammonia boosts the impact of nicotine.

    Fact #27

    • science
    • big tobacco
    • cigarettes

    Ammonia boosts the impact of nicotine.

    Source:

    U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES. Public Health Service. National Institutes of Health. National Cancer Institute. Risks Associated with Smoking
    Cigarettes with Low Machine-Measured Yields of Tar and Nicotine. Pages: 189 of 251 in PDF or Page 174.

    URL: http://1.usa.gov/KGCnCy
    Source:

    Wells, K. Technology Handbook. Legacy Tobacco Documents Library. Brown and Williamson. August 22, 1995. Pages: 6 of 59 in PDF.
    Access Date: June 4, 2003.
    Bates No: 505500002/0060.
    Category: Ingredients
    Fact Created: 11/10/2004

    URL: http://bit.ly/N983jT
  • Fact #11

    Of former smokers in the U.S., 1,154,000 have a cancer other than lung cancer from smoking.

    Fact #11

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    Of former smokers in the U.S., 1,154,000 have a cancer other than lung cancer from smoking.

    Source:

    CDC. Cigarette Smoking Attributable Morbidity - United States, 2000. MMWR 2003; 52(35) 842-844. Table.

    URL: http://1.usa.gov/MYL9Mg
  • Fact #134

    In 1985, one tobacco vice president wondered, in reference to smoking-related deaths, if we should ban sleep since according to him the majority of people die in their sleep.

    Fact #134

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    In 1985, one tobacco vice president wondered, in reference to smoking-related deaths, if we should ban sleep since according to him the majority of people die in their sleep.

    Source:

    HEALTH 'THE SCIENTIFIC CONTROVERSY.' TI AUSTRALIA. PHILIP MORRIS. May 14, 1985. Page 11 of 15 in PDF.
    Access Date: October 10, 2004
    Bates Number: 2501114892/4906
    Master Document Id Range: 2501114892/4932

    URL: http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/qpd29e00/pdf
    Source:

    Proof that John Dollisson is a VP:

    Philip Morris Glossary of Names, D

    URL: http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/glossaries/pm_gloss_d.jsp
  • Fact #222

    Chemicals that seep out of cigarette butts can be acutely toxic to fish and micro-organisms.

    Fact #222

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    • cigarettes

    Chemicals that seep out of cigarette butts can be acutely toxic to fish and micro-organisms.

    Source:

    Sources
    Micevska T, Warne MS, Pablo F, Patra R. Variation in, and causes of, toxicity of cigarette butts to a cladoceran and microtox.
    Arch Environ Contam Toxicol. Feb 2006;50(2):205-212.

    URL: http://www.springerlink.com/content/p433v47q31282841/
    Source:

    Register K. Cigarette Butts as Litter-Toxic as Well as Ugly. Underwater Naturalist, Bulletin of the American Littoral
    Society. 2000;5(2).

    URL: http://www.longwood.edu/cleanva/ciglitterarticle.htm
    Source:

    Slaughter E, Gersberg R, Watanabe K, Rudolph J, Novotny TE. Toxicity of Cigarette Butts, and their Chemical Components, to Marine and Freshwater Fish. Tob Control. 2011;20(Supplement 1):i23-i27.

    URL: http://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/content/20/Suppl_1/i25.full
  • Fact #157

    In 1985, a tobacco industry brainstorming session came up with the idea of reaching their "younger adult smokers" in candy stores.

    Fact #157

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    • youth

    In 1985, a tobacco industry brainstorming session came up with the idea of reaching their "younger adult smokers" in candy stores.

    Source:

    XG BRAINSTORMING NYC, 2/26.
    Legacy Tobacco Documents Library.
    RJ Reynolds. February 26, 1985.
    Access Date: June 6, 2006
    Bates Number: 505412643/2682

    URL: http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/bib25d00/pdf
    Source:

    BRIEFING DOCUMENT FOR PROJECT XG BRAINSTORMING SESSION.
    Legacy Tobacco Documents Library. RJ Reynolds
    February 20, 1985.
    Access Date: June 6, 2006.
    Bates Number: 504043244/3248

    URL: http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/dog75d00/pdf
    Source:

    1985 calendar shows February 26, the date on the document below, was a Tuesday.

    URL: http://www.infoplease.com/calendar.php?year=1985&yview=1
  • Fact #2

    In the U.S., 33,951 people die each year from secondhand smoke-related heart disease.

    Fact #2

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    • disease

    In the U.S., 33,951 people die each year from secondhand smoke-related heart disease.

    Source:

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Health Consequences of Smoking: 50 Years of Progress. A Report of the Surgeon General. Atlanta: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, 2014

    URL: http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/reports/50-years-of-progress/sgr50-chap-12.pdf
  • Fact #206

    In 2011, smokeless tobacco companies reported spending $168.8 million on price discounts (payments made to smokeless tobacco retailers or wholesalers in order to reduce the price of smokeless tobacco to consumers).

    Fact #206

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    In 2011, smokeless tobacco companies reported spending $168.8 million on price discounts (payments made to smokeless tobacco retailers or wholesalers in order to reduce the price of smokeless tobacco to consumers).

    Source:

    Federal Trade Commission. Smokeless Tobacco Report for the Year 2011. Washington, DC: Federal Trade Commission; 2009.

    URL: http://www.ftc.gov/sites/default/files/documents/reports/federal-trade-commission-smokeless-tobacco-report-2011/130521smokelesstobaccoreport.pdf
  • Fact #53

    Over 16 million Americans live with tobacco-related illnesses.

    Fact #53

    • stats
    • disease

    Over 16 million Americans live with tobacco-related illnesses.

    Source:

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Health Consequences of Smoking: 50 Years of Progress. A Report of the Surgeon General. Atlanta: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, 2014

    URL: http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/reports/50-years-of-progress/full-report.pdf
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    Toluene is found in cigarette smoke. Toluene is also found in explosives.

    Source:

    NCI. Risks Associated with Smoking Cigarettes with Low Machine-Measured Yields of Tar and Nicotine. Smoking and Tobacco Control Monograph No. 13. Bethesda, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute, NIH Pub. No. 02-5074, October 2001.

    URL: http://cancercontrol.cancer.gov/tcrb/monographs/13/m13_complete.pdf
    Source:

    US Environmental Protection Agency."Explosives". TNT Production. Organic Chemical Process Industry. Page 1 of PDF.

    URL: http://www.epa.gov/ttn/chief/ap42/ch06/final/c06s03.pdf
  • Fact #217

    In 2011, tobacco killed nearly 6 million people worldwide.

    Fact #217

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    • stats

    In 2011, tobacco killed nearly 6 million people worldwide.

    Source:

    Eriksen, M., Mackay, J L, and Ross, H. The Tobacco Atlas. World Lung Foundation and American Cancer Society, 2012
    http://www.tobaccoatlas.org/harm/deaths/text/
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20231181

    URL: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs339/en/
  • Fact #195

    In 1988, one tobacco company brainstormed the idea of a colored cigarette to "enhance wardrobe."

    Fact #195

    • marketing

    In 1988, one tobacco company brainstormed the idea of a colored cigarette to "enhance wardrobe."

    Source:

    1 gives reference to the actual source of the document below.)
    Access Date: June 6, 2006
    Bates No: 511435201

    URL: http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/fzv43d00/pdf
    Source:

    2. NEW PRODUCT IDEAS.
    Legacy Tobacco Documents Library.
    RJ Reynolds. 1988
    Access Date: June 6, 2006
    Bates Number: 506389501/9504

    URL: http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/gne74d00/pdf
  • Fact #243

    "If they're really really not selling to children, we're all going to be out of business." - Tobacco Company Exec, 1998

    Fact #243

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    • quotes
    • youth

    "If they're really really not selling to children, we're all going to be out of business." - Tobacco Company Exec, 1998

    Source:

    Salem Black Initiative Program Brand Team Ideation Session." Legacy Tobacco Documents Library. RJ Reynolds. August 13, 1989.

    Source:

    Bates No: 507137652/7666

    URL: http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/wug34d00

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