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  • Fact #193

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

    Fact #193

    • ingredients
    • cigarettes

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

    Source:

    Acetic acid is found in cigarettes.

    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 Acetic acid is found in floor wipes.
    Source:

    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 #157

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

    Fact #157

    • big tobacco
    • marketing
    • 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 Bottom of the third page: reference to"next Tuesday's meeting."
    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 #107

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

    Fact #107

    • addiction
    • stats

    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
    • stats
    • cancer

    Cigarette smokers are 20 times more likely to develop lung cancer than non-smokers.

    Source:

    Holden DJ, Hund LM, Gable JM, Mowery P. Legacy First Look Report 11. Youth Tobacco Cessation: Results from the 2000 National Youth Tobacco Survey. Washington dc: American Legacy Foundation. July 2003. Category: Quitting Smoking. Page 7 of 35.

    URL: http://bit.ly/LUcUrv
  • Fact #123

    Every day, more than 3,200 youth under age 18 try a cigarette for the first time.

    Fact #123

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    • youth

    Every day, more than 3,200 youth under age 18 try a cigarette for the first time.

    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 #78

    In 1989, one tobacco company's ideas for reaching minority customers included to "be seen as a friend," "build on black history", and "help them find jobs."

    Fact #78

    • marketing
    • Race
    • big tobacco

    In 1989, one tobacco company's ideas for reaching minority customers included to "be seen as a friend," "build on black history", and "help them find jobs."

    Source:

    SALEM BLACK INITIATIVE PROGRAM BRAND TEAM IDEATION SESSION, Legacy Tobacco Documents Library, R.J. Reynolds, August 3, 1989. Bates No: 507137652/7666. Access Date: October 23, 2005. Page 4.

    URL: http://bit.ly/N29Ueq
    • ingredients
    • big tobacco
    • cigarettes

    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 #161

    Tobacco kills about 30 times more people than murder.

    Fact #161

    • death
    • stats

    Tobacco kills about 30 times more people than murder.

    Source:

    Sources: 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 Murphy SL, Xu JQ, Kochanek KD. Deaths: Final data for 2010. National vital statistics reports; vol 61 no 4. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2013.

    URL: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr61/nvsr61_04.pdf
  • Fact #13

    Of former smokers in the U.S., 637,000 have had a stroke from smoking.

    Fact #13

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    • disease

    Of former smokers in the U.S., 637,000 have had a stroke from smoking.

    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 #47

    Of current smokers in the U.S., 1,273,000 have emphysema from smoking.

    Fact #47

    • stats
    • disease

    Of current smokers in the U.S., 1,273,000 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#tab
    • stats
    • death
    • disease
    • cancer

    82.4% of lung cancer deaths are attributable to smoking.

    Source:

    U.S Department of Health and Human Services. 2014. The health consequences of smoking Ð 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. p.660.

    URL: http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/reports/50-years-of-progress/
  • Fact #188

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

    Fact #188

    • ingredients
    • cigarettes

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

    Source:

    Acetone is in nail polish remover

    Source:

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

    URL: http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/toxfaqs/tf.asp?id=4&tid=1 Acetone is found in cigarette smoke
    Source:

    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 #133

    Every 6 seconds, someone in the world dies from a smoking-related disease.

    Fact #133

    • stats
    • death

    Every 6 seconds, someone in the world dies from a smoking-related disease.

    Source:

    WHO Fact sheet N¡339 - July 2013

    URL: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs339/en/
  • Fact #223

    One cigarette butt soaked in a liter of water killed half of the fish exposed in a study in a laboratory setting.

    Fact #223

    • infographic
    • environment
    • ingredients
    • cigarettes

    One cigarette butt soaked in a liter of water killed half of the fish exposed in a study in a laboratory setting.

    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 (see abstract results and conclusion of abstract)
  • 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.

  • Fact #173

    According to the New York Times, in 1998, one tobacco executive said, "Nobody knows what you'd turn to if you didn't smoke. Maybe you'd beat your wife."

    Fact #173

    • quote
    • big tobacco

    According to the New York Times, in 1998, one tobacco executive said, "Nobody knows what you'd turn to if you didn't smoke. Maybe you'd beat your wife."

    Source:

    The New York Times. "Big Tobacco's Endgame". By Jeffrey Goldberg. Published: Sunday, June 21, 1998.

    URL: http://www.nytimes.com/1998/06/21/magazine/big-tobacco-s-endgame.html?pagewanted=all
  • Fact #165

    In 1985, one tobacco company brainstormed the idea of reaching younger adult customers in record stores.

    Fact #165

    • Tobacco Files
    • big tobacco
    • marketing
    • youth

    In 1985, one tobacco company brainstormed the idea of reaching younger adult customers in record stores.

    Source:

    a. XG BRAINSTORMING NYC, 2/26. 26 February 1985. RJ Reynolds. Bates No. 505412643/2682.

    URL: http://www.legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/bib25d00/pdf b. Briefing Document for Project XG Brainstorming Session. 20 February 1985. RJ Reynolds. Bates No. 504043244/3248.

    URL: http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/dog75d00/pdf
  • Fact #126

    In just one year, about 12,000 kids lost their mothers to tobacco-related disease in the US.

    Fact #126

    • infographic
    • women
    • death
    • stats

    In just one year, about 12,000 kids lost their mothers to tobacco-related disease in the US.

    Source:

    Leistikow BN, Martin DC, Milano CE, 2000. Estimates of smoking-attributable deaths at ages 15-24, motherless or fatherless youths, and resulting Social Security costs in the United States in 1994. Preventive Medicine, 30(5) 252-360.

    URL: http://leistikow.ucdavis.edu/BereftYouths.pdf

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