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  • Fact #2

    In the U.S., 33,951 people die each year from secondhand smoke-related heart disease.

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    In the U.S., 33,951 people die each year from secondhand smoke-related heart disease.

    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 #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.

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    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 Polonium 210 is found in cigarette smoke
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    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
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    Title: Exposure Of Cigarette Smokers To Polonium-210 Bates Number: 950113512/3514 Collection: American Tobacco

    URL: http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/dib64f00/pdf
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    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
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    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
  • Fact #163

    Tobacco companies' products kill about 40,000 people every month. That's more lives thrown away than there are public garbage cans in NYC.

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    Tobacco companies' products kill about 40,000 people every month. That's more lives thrown away than there are public garbage cans in NYC.

    Source:

    480,000/12=40,000 vs 25,000 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 City of New York - Department of Sanitation 2011 DSNY Annual Report

    URL: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dsny/downloads/pdf/pubinfo/annual/ar2011.pdf
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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 #46

    About 90% of lung cancer deaths among women who continue to smoke are tobacco related.

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    About 90% of lung cancer deaths among women who continue to smoke are tobacco related.

    Source:

    U.S Department of Health and Human Services. 2001. Women and Smoking: A Report of the Surgeon General. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In"Chapter 1 Summary". Page 13 in full text.

    URL: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr5112a4.htm
  • Fact #30

    Acetaldehyde is in tobacco smoke. Acetaldehyde is a hazardous air pollutant.

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    Acetaldehyde is in tobacco smoke. Acetaldehyde is a hazardous air pollutant.

    Source:

    Acetaldehyde 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 179 of PDF.

    URL: http://cancercontrol.cancer.gov/brp/tcrb/monographs/13/m13_complete.pdf Acetaldehyde is a Hazardous Air Pollutant
    Source:

    National Toxicology Program. Department of Health and Human Services. Acetaldehyde substance profile.

    URL: http://1.usa.gov/XYIBmK
  • Fact #228

    Every cigarette a man smokes takes 11 minutes off his life. That means every pack of cigarettes Big Tobacco makes shortens a man's life by 3.5 hours. Let that blow your mind.

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    Every cigarette a man smokes takes 11 minutes off his life. That means every pack of cigarettes Big Tobacco makes shortens a man's life by 3.5 hours. Let that blow your mind.

    Source:

    Shaw M, Mitchell R, Dorling D. Time for a smoke? One cigarette reduces your life by 11 minutes. British Medical Journal. 2000;320:53. Link:

    URL: http://sasi.group.shef.ac.uk/publications/2000/shaw_BMJ_time_for_smoke.pdf
  • Fact #250

    American Spirits are marketed as additive-free. Yet their warning label states: "No additives in our tobacco does NOT mean a safer cigarette." So they literally produce American spirits. As in, dead people.

    Fact #250

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    American Spirits are marketed as additive-free. Yet their warning label states: "No additives in our tobacco does NOT mean a safer cigarette." So they literally produce American spirits. As in, dead people.

    Source:

    Natural American Spirits cigarettes homepage. No additives in our tobacco does NOT mean safer cigarettes" warning label.

    URL: https://www.nascigs.com/modules/Security/Login.aspx
    Source:

    Print advertising ad

    URL: http://tobacco.stanford.edu/tobacco_main/images_body.php?token1=fm_img3617.php
  • Fact #19

    One cigarette company biologically engineered tobacco plants to have twice the normal level of nicotine.

    Fact #19

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    One cigarette company biologically engineered tobacco plants to have twice the normal level of nicotine.

    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 6. Page 616.

    URL: http://1.usa.gov/ME0QNb
  • 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

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

  • Fact #134

    In 1985, one tobacco vice president wondered, in reference to smoking-related deaths, if we should ban sleep since according to him the majority of people die in their sleep.

    Fact #134

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    In 1985, one tobacco vice president wondered, in reference to smoking-related deaths, if we should ban sleep since according to him the majority of people die in their sleep.

    Source:

    SMOKING & HEALTH 'THE SCIENTIFIC CONTROVERSY.' TI AUSTRALIA. PHILIP MORRIS. May 14, 1985. Page 11 of 15 in PDF. Access Date: October 10, 2004 Bates Number: 2501114892/4906 Master Document Id Range: 2501114892/4932

    URL: http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/qpd29e00/pdf Proof that John Dollisson is a VP:
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    Philip Morris Glossary of Names, D

    URL: http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/glossaries/pm_gloss_d.jsp
  • Fact #13

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

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    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 #212

    Using smokeless tobacco is also associated with gum recession, dental caries, and dental staining and abrasion.

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    Using smokeless tobacco is also associated with gum recession, dental caries, and dental staining and abrasion.

    Source:

    "Youth and Tobacco: Preventing Tobacco Use among Young People." A Report of the Surgeon General. Washington, D.C., 20402. 1995. Page 33 of 219.

  • Fact #267

    Yep. When people see the celebs that they love smoking, they start thinking smoking is a normal, aspirational thing. Says who? Says science. Lots and lots of science.

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    Yep. When people see the celebs that they love smoking, they start thinking smoking is a normal, aspirational thing. Says who? Says science. Lots and lots of science.

    Source:

    National Cancer Institute. The Role of the Media in Promoting and Reducing Tobacco Use. Tobacco Control Monograph No. 19. Bethesda, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute. NIH Pub. No. 07-6242, June 2008.

  • Fact #15

    Smoking causes impaired lung growth during childhood and adolescence.

    Fact #15

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    Smoking causes impaired lung growth during childhood and adolescence.

    Source:

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services."The Health Consequences of Smoking:The 2004 Surgeon General's Report. What It Means To You." 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. Page 27 of 36.

    URL: http://1.usa.gov/MYLvT2
  • Fact #269

    Teens who see tobacco use in movies have more positive attitudes towards smoking.

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    Teens who see tobacco use in movies have more positive attitudes towards smoking.

    Source:

    National Cancer Institute. The Role of the Media in Promoting and Reducing Tobacco Use. Tobacco Control Monograph No. 19. Bethesda, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute. NIH Pub. No. 07-6242, June 2008.

  • Fact #42

    In the U.S., tobacco kills more Americans than AIDS, alcohol, car accidents, murders, suicides, drugs, and fires combined.

    Fact #42

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    In the U.S., tobacco kills more Americans than AIDS, alcohol, car accidents, murders, suicides, drugs, and fires combined.

    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 #53

    Over 16 million Americans live with tobacco-related illnesses.

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    Over 16 million Americans live with tobacco-related illnesses.

    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

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