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  • Fact #41

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

    Fact #41

    • stats
    • death
    • disease
    • cancer

    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 #162

    Sodium hydroxide is a caustic compound found in hair removal products. It was found in cigarettes in 1994.

    Fact #162

    • ingredients
    • cigarettes

    Sodium hydroxide is a caustic compound found in hair removal products. It was found in cigarettes in 1994.

    Source:

    Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
    Medical Management guidelines for Sodium Hydroxide

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

    National Institutes of Health: National Library of Medicine; Specialized Information Serivces
    Household Products Database
    Brand Name: Nair 3 in 1 Brush on Cream Hair Remover

    URL: http://householdproducts.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/household/brands?tbl=brands&id=3002008
    Source:

    599 Additives in Cigarettes - Sodium Hydroxide
    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:

    Williamson Collection, April 12, 1994. Page 44 of PDF.
    Bates Number: 566936921-566936970

    URL: http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/pjv11c00/pdf
    • Poster
    • Big tobacco

    Insecure follower. Has menial boring job. Probably leads fairly dull existence. Emotionally insecure. Problems with self-esteem. Passive-aggressive. Lacks inner resources. Grooming not a strong priority. Lower standard of living. These are all terms taken from Big Tobacco's files that have been used to describe different groups of potential customers for their deadly, addictive products.

  • Fact #175

    In 1978, one tobacco executive said that "unhappiness causes cancer." So smile!

    Fact #175

    • big tobacco
    • quotes

    In 1978, one tobacco executive said that "unhappiness causes cancer." So smile!

    Source:

    NCI STUDY OF OCCUPATIONAL CANCERS.
    Legacy Tobacco Documents Library. Philip Morris. Page 1 of 2.
    Document Date: October 6, 1978.
    Bates No.: 10030440078/0079

    URL: http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/hye94e00/pdf;jsessionid=3921A14B65660AD990C9CCB25CCA4AFA
  • Fact #264

    Some--but not all--e-cig vapors have been found to contain formaldehyde. Which is used to preserve dead animals. Yum.

    Fact #264

    • e-cig
    • ingredients

    Some--but not all--e-cig vapors have been found to contain formaldehyde. Which is used to preserve dead animals. Yum.

  • Fact #234

    1,685,068 pounds of toxic chemicals were released by tobacco product manufacturing facilities in the US in 2012. There goes the neighborhood!

    Fact #234

    • stats
    • ingredients
    • environment

    1,685,068 pounds of toxic chemicals were released by tobacco product manufacturing facilities in the US in 2012. There goes the neighborhood!

    Source:

    The Right to Know Network. Toxic Release Inventory Database 312229: Other Tobacco Product Manufacturing Facilities (NAICS 312229) (2011). Compiled from data released by the U.S. EPA's Toxic Release Inventory database (TRI) on October 19, 2012. Accessed April 10, 2013.

    URL: http://www.rtknet.org/db/tri/tri.php?dbtype=C&naics=312229&corechem=n&rsei=y&sortp=D&detail=-1&datype=T&reptype=f&database=tri&reporting_year=2011&submit=GO
    • cigarettes
    • stats
    • death
    • infographic

    In the US, cigarettes kill about 54 people an hour.

    Source:

    480,000 / 365 / 24 = 54.8
    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 #34

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

    Fact #34

    • stats
    • death

    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
  • Fact #248

    In the U.S. alone, every day the tobacco industry spends enough money marketing its products to buy 150,000 10-karat gold grillz.

    Fact #248

    • big tobacco
    • stats

    In the U.S. alone, every day the tobacco industry spends enough money marketing its products to buy 150,000 10-karat gold grillz.

  • Fact #166

    In 2006, a former Russian spy was allegedly murdered using Polonium -210. This radioactive chemical is also found in cigarette smoke, a fact at least one tobacco company was aware of in 1964.

    Fact #166

    • ingredients

    In 2006, a former Russian spy was allegedly murdered using Polonium -210. This radioactive chemical is also found in cigarette smoke, a fact at least one tobacco company was aware of in 1964.

    Source:

    Puffing on Polonium
    The New York Times
    1-Dec-06
    Robert N. Proctor

    URL: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/12/01/opinion/01proctor.html?ex=1166590800&en=ad9fa6ba36fdf6ab&ei=5070
    Source:

    Polonium 210 is found in cigarette smoke

    Presented At The Federation Of American Societies For Experimental Biology, Chicago, Illinois, April 15, 1964, Polonium-210 In Tobacco Smoke As A Tracer For Particle Deposition And Movement In Human Lungs
    Authors: Radford-EP;Little-JB;Hunt VR;Nelson-C
    Collection: American Tobacco

    URL: http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/btt44f00/pdf?search=%22polonium%20210%20in%20tobacco%20smoke%20as%20a%20tracer%20for%20particle%20deposition%20movement%20in%20human%20lungs%22
    Source:

    Title: Exposure Of Cigarette Smokers To Polonium-210
    Bates Number: 950113512/3514
    Collection: American Tobacco

    URL: http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/dib64f00/pdf
    Source:

    Title: Telephone Conversation, R. K. Heimann, This Date.
    Authors: Hager-JH
    Document Date: 19670609
    Document Type: Memo, Correspondence
    Bates Number: 950113515
    Collection: American Tobacco

    URL: http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/eib64f00/pdf
    Source:

    Title: Filter Cigarettes For Removing Polonium From The Smoke, Interview With Mr. Nelson Stewart On September 23, 1964
    Authors: Pedersen-PM;American Tobacco Company
    Document Date: 19640925
    Document Type: Memo, Correspondence
    Bates Number: 950190504
    Collection: American Tobacco

    URL: http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/con11a00/pdf
    • cigarettes
    • science
    • disease
    • infographic

    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

    Source:
    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
    Source:

    Full Report 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 #154

    Because of the tobacco industry's products, about 353 people in the U.S. die of lung cancer every day.

    Fact #154

    • death
    • stats
    • disease
    • cancer

    Because of the tobacco industry's products, about 353 people in the U.S. die of lung cancer every day.

    Source:

    CDC. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Tobacco Use Targeting The Nations Leading Killer. 2010. Chart
    Fact created: 7/19/2010

    URL: http://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/resources/publications/aag/osh.htm
    Source:

    Calculation: 128,900/365 days in a year = 353 deaths/day due to lung cancer.

  • Fact #272

    In 2001, 12-14 year olds were more likely to report having seen smoking on TV and movies than were 18-24 year olds.

    Fact #272

    • celebrity
    • entertainment
    • movie

    In 2001, 12-14 year olds were more likely to report having seen smoking on TV and movies than were 18-24 year olds.

  • Fact #51

    Maternal smoking during pregnancy and exposure to secondhand smoke in infancy increases the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

    Fact #51

    • women
    • death

    Maternal smoking during pregnancy and exposure to secondhand smoke in infancy increases the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

    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 #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 #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 #76

    Tobacco companies actually went to court to fight for the right to keep tobacco advertising near high schools. They won. Congrats, Big Tobacco!

    Fact #76

    • big tobacco
    • law suit
    • youth

    Tobacco companies actually went to court to fight for the right to keep tobacco advertising near high schools. They won. Congrats, Big Tobacco!

    Source:

    In the Supreme Court of the United States LORILLARD TOBACCO CO., ET AL., PETITIONERS v. THOMAS F. REILLY, ATTORNEY GENERAL OF MASSACHUSETTS; ALTADIS U.S.A. INC., ETC., ET AL., PETITIONERS v. THOMAS F. REILLY, ATTORNEY GENERAL OF MASSACHUSETTS. Nos. 00-596 and 00-597. 1997. Access Date: June 14, 2005.

    URL: http://supreme.lp.findlaw.com/supreme_court/briefs/00-596/2000-0596.mer.ami.html
  • Fact #81

    In 1997, a Big Tobacco executive once said, under oath, that he believed Gummy Bears were addictive like cigarettes.

    Fact #81

    • Tobacco Files
    • big tobacco
    • addiction

    In 1997, a Big Tobacco executive once said, under oath, that he believed Gummy Bears were addictive like cigarettes.

    Source:

    Deposition of JAMES J. MORGAN, April 17, 1997, NORMA R. BROIN, ET AL., PLAINTIFFS, VS. PHILIP MORRIS COMPANIES, INC., DEFENDANTS. CASE NO. 91-49738 CA 22. HOWARD A. ENGLE, M.D., ET AL., PLAINTIFFS, VS. RJ REYNOLDS TOBACCO COMPANY, ETC., ET AL., DEFENDANTS. CASE NO. 94-08273 CA 20. Page 13 of 45 of PDF. Page 78 of real report.
    Legacy Tobacco Documents Library. Philip Morris Collection. April 17, 1997.
    Bates Number: 2063670882/0926
    Access Date: November 4, 2005

    URL: http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/hkd38d00/pdf

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