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    Even if someone doesn't consider themselves a smoker, every bummed" cigarette causes damage to vital organs in the body. Give that pancreas a break.

    Source:

    Surgeon General report, Tobacco smoke does immediate damage. S. Young, CNN. Date published: 12/9/2010

    URL: http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/12/09/tobacco.risk/
    Source:

    How tobacco smoke causes disease: the biology and behavioral basis for smoking attributable disease (Executive Summary). 2010. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Page 6 (9).

    URL: http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/reports/tobaccosmoke/executivesummary.pdf Full Report
    Source:

    How tobacco smoke causes disease: the biology and behavioral basis for smoking attributable disease (Executive Summary). 2010. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

    URL: http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/reports/tobaccosmoke/full_report.pdf
  • Fact #48

    Cigarettes and other smoking materials are the number one cause of fire deaths in the U.S.

    Fact #48

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    • stats
    • death

    Cigarettes and other smoking materials are the number one cause of fire deaths in the U.S.

    Source:

    National Fire Protection Association. Fire Analysis and Research Division. U.S. Smoking Material Fire Problem. John R. Hall, Jr. November 2008. Page 11 of PDF.

    URL: http://www.nfpa.org/assets/files//PDF/OS.Smoking.pdf
  • Fact #125

    About one third of youth smokers will eventually die from a tobacco-related disease.

    Fact #125

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    • youth
    • stats

    About one third of youth smokers will eventually die from a tobacco-related disease.

    Source:

    PERSPECTIVES in Health. Volume 2- No. 2. 1997. "Tobacco: the next World War?" Pan American Health Organization. World Health Organization website.

    URL: http://www.paho.org/English/DPI/Number4_article5.htm
  • Fact #8

    Of former smokers in the U.S., 1,872,000 have chronic bronchitis from smoking.

    Fact #8

    • stats
    • disease

    Of former smokers in the U.S., 1,872,000 have chronic bronchitis 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 #24

    Nicotine is in tobacco smoke.

    Fact #24

    • ingredients
    • big tobacco
    • cigarettes

    Nicotine is in tobacco smoke.

    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 #242

    As early as 1998, execs from one major tobacco company discussed "covertly" contacting graffiti artists to paint for them in key locations.

    Fact #242

    • big tobacco
    • marketing

    As early as 1998, execs from one major tobacco company discussed "covertly" contacting graffiti artists to paint for them in key locations.

    • Tobacco Files
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    • Poster

    How do infants avoid secondhand smoke? "At some point they begin to crawl." Tobacco Executive, 1996.

    Source:

    UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, . CA No. 99-2496(GK). March 17, 2005. Plaintiff, 9:32 a.m., v. PHILIP MORRIS USA, et al., Defendants. Washington, D.C. Quote from Charles Harper, R.J. Reynolds Chairman. Page 89.

    URL: http://bit.ly/N99gYo
  • Fact #263

    E-cigarettes are smoke-free and tobacco-free, but not all are nicotine-free--even though some claim to be.

    Fact #263

    • e-cig
    • ingredients

    E-cigarettes are smoke-free and tobacco-free, but not all are nicotine-free--even though some claim to be.

  • Fact #39

    In the US, 160,600 people die from smoking-related cardiovascular and metabolic diseases each year.

    Fact #39

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    • death
    • disease

    In the US, 160,600 people die from smoking-related cardiovascular and metabolic diseases each 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 #90

    During 2005-2009, smoking-attributable productivity losses totaled $150.7 billion per year.

    Fact #90

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    • money

    During 2005-2009, smoking-attributable productivity losses totaled $150.7 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 #43

    Hydrogen cyanide is in tobacco smoke. Hydrogen cyanide exposure causes cardiovascular and respiratory illness.

    Fact #43

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    • disease

    Hydrogen cyanide is in tobacco smoke. Hydrogen cyanide exposure causes cardiovascular and respiratory illness.

    Source:

    Hydrogen cyanide is in tobacco smoke

    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 Hydrogen cyanide cardiovascular and respiratory effects
    Source:

    US Department of Health and Human Services. Medical Management Guidelines for Hydrogen Cyanide.

    URL: http://1.usa.gov/15NIgL1
  • Fact #124

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

    Fact #124

    • stats
    • addiction
    • youth

    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 #20

    Nicotine reaches the brain within 10-20 seconds after smoke is inhaled.

    Fact #20

    • science

    Nicotine reaches the brain within 10-20 seconds after smoke is inhaled.

    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-5.pdf
  • Fact #84

    In the past, Big Tobacco has compared the addictiveness of cigarettes with that of television.

    Fact #84

    • big tobacco
    • addiction

    In the past, Big Tobacco has compared the addictiveness of cigarettes with that of television.

    Source:

    Hearing Of The House Energy & Commerce Committee Subcommittee On Health And The Environment, On Nicotine And Cigarettes. American Tobacco. Legacy Tobacco Documents Library. April 14, 1994. Access Date: July 21, 2005. Page 18 of 155 of PDF. Bates Number: 980155542/5696

    URL: http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/pfy84f00/pdf
  • Fact #77

    In 1993, the Supreme Court decided that an inmate could sue a prison claiming that exposure to his cellmate's secondhand smoke could constitute cruel and unusual punishment.

    Fact #77

    • law suit

    In 1993, the Supreme Court decided that an inmate could sue a prison claiming that exposure to his cellmate's secondhand smoke could constitute cruel and unusual punishment.

    Source:

    Supreme Court of the United States Helling v. McKinney (91-1958), 509 U.S. 25 (1993). Access Date: June 15, 2005. Pages 1 and 5.

    URL: http://supreme.justia.com/us/509/25/case.html
  • Fact #151

    Tobacco companies have been targeting women with their advertising for the last 80 years.

    Fact #151

    • marketing
    • big tobacco

    Tobacco companies have been targeting women with their advertising for the last 80 years.

    Source:

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Women and Smoking: 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, 2001. Chapter 4, Pages 44 and 96 of PDF.

    URL: http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/sgr/2001/complete_report/pdfs/chp4.pdf
  • Fact #252

    1981: "Today's teenager is tomorrow's potential regular customer." Said a tobacco researcher whose company was definitely not targeting kids.

    Fact #252

    • marketing
    • big tobacco
    • youth

    1981: "Today's teenager is tomorrow's potential regular customer." Said a tobacco researcher whose company was definitely not targeting kids.

  • 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

    • marketing
    • cigarettes

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

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