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  • 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 #109

    34.1% of middle school students report seeing advertisements for tobacco products on the Internet.

    Fact #109

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    • youth

    34.1% of middle school students report seeing advertisements for tobacco products on the Internet.

    Source:

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Tobacco Use, Access, and Exposure to Tobacco in Media Among Middle School and High School Students-- United States, 2004. MMWR 2005;54:297-301.

    URL: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5412a1.htm
  • 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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    "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. Bates No: 507137652/7666

    URL: http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/wug34d00
    • big tobacco
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    • infographic

    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
    • Infographic
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    Hydrogen cyanide has been used in prison executions. It's also found in cigarette smoke.

    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. Pages 56 and 176 of 251. Category: Ingredients Fact Created: 11/10/2004

    URL: http://cancercontrol.cancer.gov/tcrb/monographs/13/m13_complete.pdf Hydrogen cyanide has been used in prison executions. Cyanide Compounds: Hazard Summary. US Environmental Protection Agency. April 1992. Access Date: June 14, 2005. Page 1.

    URL: http://www.epa.gov/ttn/atw/hlthef/cyanide.html
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    Acetanisole is found in cigarettes. Acetanisole is also an ingredient in some perfumes.

    Source:

    Acetanisole is found in cigarettes.

    Source:

    Philip Morris USA Online. Products. Tobacco Flavor and Ingredients. Alphabetical List, No. 1.

    URL: http://www.pmusa.com/en/cms/Products/Cigarettes/Ingredients/Tobacco_Flavor_Ingredients/default.aspx?src=top_nav Acetanisole is found in perfumes.
    Source:

    US Environmental Protection Agency. Inert (other) Ingredients in Pesticide Products. FMA Fragrance Ingredient Database . April 16, 2007. Page 14 of 45 of PDF.

    URL: http://www.epa.gov/opprd001/inerts/fmaingredient.pdf
  • 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 #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 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 #183

    Methanol is found in cigarettes. Methanol is also found in antifreeze.

    Fact #183

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    • cigarettes

    Methanol is found in cigarettes. Methanol is also found in antifreeze.

    Source:

    Methanol is found in antifreeze.

    Source:

    Medline Plus Encyclopedia."Antifreeze Poisoning". List of Poisonous Ingredients. Updated by Jacob L. Heller, MD, MHA. 7/20/2009.

    URL: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002751.htm Methanol 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. Page 161.

    URL: http://cancercontrol.cancer.gov/tcrb/monographs/13/m13_complete.pdf
  • Fact #174

    Benzene, arsenic and cyanide are all poisons. They're all in cigarette smoke too.

    Fact #174

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    Benzene, arsenic and cyanide are all poisons. They're all in cigarette smoke too.

    Source:

    Benzene, Arsenic, Cyanide are 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. Page 176 of 251.

    URL: http://cancercontrol.cancer.gov/tcrb/monographs/13/m13_complete.pdf Benzene is a poison

    URL: http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/toxprofiles/tp3.pdf pg.52 Arsenic is a poison

    URL: http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/toxprofiles/tp2.pdf pg. 27 Cyanide is a poison

    URL: http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/toxprofiles/tp8.pdf pg. 21
  • 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 #167

    On their websites, tobacco companies encourage people to quit smoking. However, in 2006, a court found that tobacco companies manipulate nicotine levels to keep smokers addicted.

    Fact #167

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    • big tobacco

    On their websites, tobacco companies encourage people to quit smoking. However, in 2006, a court found that tobacco companies manipulate nicotine levels to keep smokers addicted.

    Source:

    Phillip Morris Website:

    URL: http://www.philipmorrisusa.com/en/cms/Products/Cigarettes/Health_Issues/Quitting_Smoking/default.aspx?src=search

    URL: http://www.philipmorrisusa.com/en/cms/Responsibility/Supporting_Cessation/default.aspx?src=top_nav Nicotine"Manipulation": Defendants Have Falsely Denied That They Can and Do Control the Level of Nicotine Delivered In Order to Create and Sustain Addiction United States District Court for the District of Columbia Final Opinion Pages 515-528 in the case. In PDF, Page 5.

    URL: http://tobaccofreekids.org/content/what_we_do/industry_watch/doj/FinalOpinion.pdf
  • Fact #5

    Of current smokers in the U.S., 358,000 have a cancer other than lung cancer from smoking.

    Fact #5

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    Of current smokers in the U.S., 358,000 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 #143

    Smoking is responsible for the premature deaths of approximately 3 million women since 1980.

    Fact #143

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    Smoking is responsible for the premature deaths of approximately 3 million women since 1980.

    Source:

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Women and Smoking. 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, 2001.

    URL: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr5112a4.htm
  • Fact #73

    In 1985, one tobacco company brainstormed targeting potential smokers in school bathrooms, playgrounds, YMCAs, and city parks.

    Fact #73

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    • marketing
    • youth

    In 1985, one tobacco company brainstormed targeting potential smokers in school bathrooms, playgrounds, YMCAs, and city parks.

    Source:

    XG BRAINSTORMING NYC, 2/26. Legacy Tobacco Documents Library. RJ Reynolds. February 26, 1985. Access Date: March 14, 2005. Bates Number: 505412643/2682 URL:

    URL: http://bit.ly/MtE77n
  • Fact #232

    Methane is found in dog poop and in cigarette smoke.

    Fact #232

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    • cigarettes

    Methane is found in dog poop and in cigarette 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
    Source:

    Methods for Estimating Methane Emissions From Domestic Animals.

    URL: http://bit.ly/YImAMc
  • Fact #215

    One tobacco company brainstormed reaching its target consumer from ice cream trucks.

    Fact #215

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    • big tobacco
    • youth

    One tobacco company brainstormed reaching its target consumer from ice cream trucks.

    Source:

    OTHER WAYS TO REACH THE TARGET Legacy Tobacco Documents Library. RJ Reynolds. October 2, 1989. Page 1 of 18. Access Date: September 15, 2004 Bates No.: 507176999-507177016

    URL: http://bit.ly/LTjjlp
    • Infographic
    • cigarettes
    • science

    Sunburns can cause wrinkles; so can cigarettes.

    Source:

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Women and Smoking. A report of the Surgeon General. Atlantic, GA.. 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, March 2001. Category: Facial Wrinkles. Chapter 3.

    URL: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/bookshelf/br.fcgi?book=womsmk&part=A7251#A7682 CDC. Women and Smoking: A Report of the Surgeon General. 2002.

    URL: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr5112a4.htm

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