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  • Fact #9

    Of former smokers in the U.S., 1,742,000 have emphysema from smoking.

    Fact #9

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    Of former smokers in the U.S., 1,742,000 have emphysema from smoking.

    Source:

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

    URL: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5235a4.htm
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    Big Tobacco once proposed a brand targeting younger smokers, called Kestrel. A kestrel is a bird that preys on small rodents.

    Source:

    Project Screen (Kestrel, Heron, Nightingale). Legacy Tobacco Documents Library. Document date: 1/20/1989. Bates no: 302006810-302006811. Date added UCSF: 8/27/09 -

    URL: http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/iui66b00/pdf?search=%22kestrel%20youth%22
  • Fact #102

    In the US, smoking-attributable productivity losses for women are approximately $45 billion per year.

    Fact #102

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    In the US, smoking-attributable productivity losses for women are approximately $45 billion per year.

    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, GA: 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. Printed with corrections, January 2014.

    URL: http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/reports/50-years-of-progress/sgr50-chap-12.pdf
  • Fact #124

    Every day, about 2,100 youth and young adults become daily smokers.

    Fact #124

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    Every day, about 2,100 youth and young adults become daily smokers.

    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, GA: 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. Printed with corrections, January 2014.

    URL: http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/reports/50-years-of-progress/full-report.pdf
  • Fact #207

    96.56 million pounds of moist snuff were sold in 2011--more than the combined sales of all of the other types of smokeless tobacco. Moist snuff also continued to receive the most advertising and promotional support from smokeless tobacco companies.

    Fact #207

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    96.56 million pounds of moist snuff were sold in 2011--more than the combined sales of all of the other types of smokeless tobacco. Moist snuff also continued to receive the most advertising and promotional support from smokeless tobacco companies.

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    If current trends continue, by the year 2030, tobacco is projected to kill 8 million people a year worldwide.

    Source:

    Eriksen, M., Mackay, J L, and Ross, H. The Tobacco Atlas. World Lung Foundation and American Cancer Society, 2012

    URL: http://www.tobaccoatlas.org/harm/deaths/text/
  • Fact #135

    In 1997, one tobacco company CEO said he would probably "instantly" shut his doors "to get a better hold on things" if it were proved to his satisfaction that smoking causes cancer. That same company now admits on their website that smoking causes cancer, but they're still open for business.

    Fact #135

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    In 1997, one tobacco company CEO said he would probably "instantly" shut his doors "to get a better hold on things" if it were proved to his satisfaction that smoking causes cancer. That same company now admits on their website that smoking causes cancer, but they're still open for business.

    Source:

    DEPOSITION OF GEOFFREY C. BIBLE TAKEN AT THE INSTANCE OF PLAINTIFFS IN THE FIFTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR PALM BEACH COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO. CL 95-1466 AH THE STATE OF FLORIDA, ET AL., PLAINTIFF, VS. THE AMERICAN TOBACCO COMPANY, ET AL., DEFENDANTS. American Legacy Tobacco Documents Library. Philip Morris Collection. August 21, 1997
    Access Date: September 18, 2005. Page: 8 in PDF (Page 27 in that page).
    Bates Number: 2081843112/3136

    URL: http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/cgi/getdoc?tid=car80c00&fmt=pdf&ref=results
    Source:

    Philip Morris USA official website

    URL: http://www.philipmorrisusa.com/en/cms/Products/Cigarettes/Health_Issues/Cigarette_Smoking_and_Disease/default.aspx?src=top_nav
  • Fact #186

    Toluene is found in cigarette smoke. Toluene is also found in gasoline.

    Fact #186

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    Toluene is found in cigarette smoke. Toluene is also found in gasoline.

    Source:

    Toluene is found in gasoline.

    Medscape's eMedicine. McKeown, Nathanael J., DO."Toxicology, Toluene". May 20, 2009.

    URL: http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/818939-overview
    Source:

    Toluene is found in cigarette smoke.

    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
  • Fact #211

    Long-term smokeless tobacco users may be up to fifty times more likely to have cancers of the cheek and gum than non-users.

    Fact #211

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    • cancer

    Long-term smokeless tobacco users may be up to fifty times more likely to have cancers of the cheek and gum than non-users.

    Source:

    Figures 2009. Atlanta: American Cancer Society; 2009. Page 48.

    URL: http://www.oralcancerfoundation.org/facts/pdf/Us_Cancer_Facts.pdf
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    From 1965-2009, there have been 103,355 tobacco-related infant deaths in the U.S.

    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
  • Fact #31

    Carbon monoxide is in tobacco smoke. Carbon monoxide is a toxic gas which can cause death.

    Fact #31

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    Carbon monoxide is in tobacco smoke. Carbon monoxide is a toxic gas which can cause death.

    Source:

    Carbon monoxide is in tobacco smoke

    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 185 of PDF.

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

    Carbon monoxide is a toxic gas and can cause death.

    EPA. An Introduction to Indoor Air Qualit: Carbon Monoxide

    URL: http://1.usa.gov/LxP4iD
  • Fact #193

    Acetic Acid is found in cigarettes. Acetic Acid is also found in floor wipes.

    Fact #193

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    Acetic Acid is found in cigarettes. Acetic Acid is also found in floor wipes.

    Source:

    Acetic acid is found in cigarettes.

    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:

    Acetic acid is found in floor wipes.

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Household Products Database.

    URL: http://householdproducts.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/household/brands?tbl=brands&id=19001095
  • Fact #88

    In the U.S., 60.9% of students who ever smoked cigarettes daily tried to quit smoking cigarettes

    Fact #88

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    In the U.S., 60.9% of students who ever smoked cigarettes daily tried to quit smoking cigarettes

    Source:

    CDC. High School Students Who Tried to Quit Smoking Cigarettes-United States, 2007. May 1, 2009. 58(16);428-431.

    URL: http://www.cdc.gov/mmWR/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5816a4.htm
  • Fact #41

    In the U.S., 7,330 people die each year from secondhand smoke-related lung cancer.

    Fact #41

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    In the U.S., 7,330 people die each year from secondhand smoke-related lung cancer.

    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, GA: 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. Printed with corrections, January 2014.

    URL: http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/reports/50-years-of-progress/sgr50-chap-12.pdf
  • Fact #10

    Of former smokers in the U.S., 1,755,000 have had a heart attack from smoking.

    Fact #10

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    Of former smokers in the U.S., 1,755,000 have had a heart attack from smoking.

  • Fact #216

    Candy-flavored cigarettes are now illegal. But Big Tobacco still sells other tobacco products in over 45 candy flavors.

    Fact #216

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    Candy-flavored cigarettes are now illegal. But Big Tobacco still sells other tobacco products in over 45 candy flavors.

  • Fact #33

    Nicotine has been found in the breast milk of animals exposed to tobacco.

    Fact #33

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    Nicotine has been found in the breast milk of animals exposed to tobacco.

    Source:

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Health Consequences of Smoking: A Report of the Surgeon General. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, 2004. Chapter 5, Page 564 of Report.
    Category: Ingredients
    Fact Created: 11/10/2004

    URL: http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/sgr/2004/pdfs/chapter5.pdf
  • Fact #34

    Cigarette smoking is the number one cause of preventable death in the U.S.

    Fact #34

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    Cigarette smoking is the number one cause of preventable death in the U.S.

    Source:

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Health Consequences of Smoking: A Report of the Surgeon General. Atlanta, GA. Executive Summary. Page 13 of 20 of PDF.

    URL: http://1.usa.gov/N29OTZ

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