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  • 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 #72

    Cigarette companies increased its spending on advertisements and promotions from 8.05 billion in 2010 to 8.37 billion in 2011.

    Fact #72

    • big tobacco

    Cigarette companies increased its spending on advertisements and promotions from 8.05 billion in 2010 to 8.37 billion in 2011.

    Source:

    Federal Trade Commission Cigarette Report for 2011. Issued 2013. Washington, DC: Federal Trade Commission.

    URL: http://www.ftc.gov/sites/default/files/documents/reports/federal-trade-commission-cigarette-report-2011/130521cigarettereport.pdf
    • marketing
    • cigarettes
    • ingredients

    Unlike other products, the tobacco industry doesn't need to list ingredients on the label.

    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: 175 of 251 in PDF. Fact Created: 11/10/2004

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

    Title 15, Chapter 36 - Cigarette Labeling and Advertising (1335a. List of cigarette ingredients; annual submission to Secretary; transmittal to Congress; confidentiality. Page: 4 to 5 of 7 in PDF.

    Source:

    Federal Trade Commission Access Date: October 24, 2005

    URL: http://1.usa.gov/OFyIfy"
  • Fact #268

    Exposure to pro-tobacco movies, TV shows, and ads that show tobacco use in a positive way more than doubles your chances of starting smoking.

    Fact #268

    • celebrity
    • entertainment
    • movie

    Exposure to pro-tobacco movies, TV shows, and ads that show tobacco use in a positive way more than doubles your chances of starting smoking.

    Source:

    Wellman RJ, Sugarman DB, et al. The extent to which tobacco marketing and tobacco use in films contribute to children’s use of tobacco. Archive of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. 2006;160:1285-1296.

  • 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 #75

    In 1993, one tobacco company executive thought it would be a good idea to have his employees mail"grassroots" complaints to airlines about their smoking bans, pretending to be regular customers.

    Fact #75

    • marketing
    • big tobacco

    In 1993, one tobacco company executive thought it would be a good idea to have his employees mail"grassroots" complaints to airlines about their smoking bans, pretending to be regular customers.

    Source:

    Legacy Tobacco Documents Library, Philip Morris Collection, 1993. Page 1. Access Date: October 21, 2005. Bates No: 2024203673 Fact Created: 6/4/1998

    URL: http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/cgi/getdoc?tid=zha35e00&fmt=pdf&ref=results
    Source:

    "Philip Morris Glossary of names: W". Legacy Documents Library.

    URL: http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/glossaries/pm_gloss_w.jsp
  • 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 #235

    In 1994, the CEOs from 7 major tobacco companies testify before Congress, under oath, that they believe nicotine is NOT addictive.

    Fact #235

    • law suit

    In 1994, the CEOs from 7 major tobacco companies testify before Congress, under oath, that they believe nicotine is NOT addictive.

    Source:

    Seven Dwarfs Gaffe Led to Legal Bonanza. Legacy Tobacco Documents Library. July 15 2000. British American Collection. Bates No: 325074264-325074265

    URL: http://bit.ly/XEY5Rc
    Source:

    U.S Exhibit 22,901, Hearings, "Regulation of Tobacco Products (Part I)" before the SUBCOMMITTEE ON HEALTH AND THE ENVIRONMENT, COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, April 14, 1994. April 14 1994. U.S. Dept. of Justice. Bates No: USX027720-USX0271040.

    URL: http://bit.ly/Zymuod
  • Fact #37

    In the US, 130,659 people die each year from smoking-related lung cancer.

    Fact #37

    • stats
    • death
    • disease

    In the US, 130,659 people die each year from smoking-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 #149

    Every day, cows release methane gas into the air. From you know where. But methane is also found somewhere else. Yesiree, in cigarette smoke.

    Fact #149

    • ingredients

    Every day, cows release methane gas into the air. From you know where. But methane is also found somewhere else. Yesiree, 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:

    BACKGROUND INFORMATION: WHERE DOES METHANE COME FROM? Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Program.

    URL: http://1.usa.gov/128GeX0
    Source:

    Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

    URL: http://www.dep.state.pa.us/dep/deputate/pollprev/iso14001/bpmanual/CAirAll.htm
  • Fact #208

    Smokeless tobacco is addictive.

    Fact #208

    • smokeless
    • addiction

    Smokeless tobacco is addictive.

    Source:

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Health Consequences of Using Smokeless Tobacco: A Report of the Advisory Committee to the Surgeon General, 1986. Bethesda, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service. NIH Pub. No. 86-2874.

    URL: http://profiles.nlm.nih.gov/NN/B/B/F/C/_/nnbbfc.pdf
  • Fact #89

    In 2009, annual smoking-attributable health care expenditures were estimated at $132.5 billion.

    Fact #89

    • money

    In 2009, annual smoking-attributable health care expenditures were estimated at $132.5 billion.

    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 #182

    Urea was found in cigarettes. Urea is also found in Pee.

    Fact #182

    • ingredients
    • cigarettes

    Urea was found in cigarettes. Urea is also found in Pee.

    Source:

    Pee contains urea

    Source:

    SUMMARY OF DATA ON UREA Legacy Tobacco Documents Library. American Tobacco. April 17, 1986. Access Date: October 10, 2004 Bates No.: 980365694/5705

    URL: http://www.legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/fjk51a00/pdf?search=%22980365694%205705%22 Urea is found in cigarettes "R.J. Reynolds List of Ingredients (2008)". R.J. Reynolds.

    URL: http://www.rjrt.com/tobaccoingredients.aspx
  • Fact #194

    Each year, nearly 6 million people around the world die from tobacco products.

    Fact #194

    • stats
    • death

    Each year, nearly 6 million people around the world die from tobacco products.

    Source:

    WHO Fact sheet N¡339 - July 2013

    URL: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs339/en/
    • poster
    • science
    • ingredients
    • cigarettes

    Chronic exposure to heavy metals like lead, arsenic and cadmium can affect the brain. They're all found in cigarette smoke.

    Source:

    The effects of arsenic exposure on the nervous system, Toxicology Letters; Issued: 2003.

    URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0378427403002625 To access: must purchase PDF U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Technology Transfer Network Air Toxics Web Site. Arsenic Compounds.

    URL: http://www.epa.gov/ttn/atw/hlthef/arsenic.html CDC. National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals

    URL: http://1.usa.gov/15NIQIM The Effects of Tobacco Smoke and Nicotine on Cognition and the Brain, Center for Health Sciences; Issued: 2007.

    URL: http://www.springerlink.com/content/a21563553h724255/ Cadmium toxicity in synaptic neurotransmission in the brain, Brain Research; Issued: 2000.

    URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0006899301020224 Application of toxicological risk assessment principles to the chemical constituents of cigarette smoke, Tobacco Control; Issued: 2011.

    URL: http://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/content/12/4/424.short
    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 176-180 of PDF.

    URL: http://cancercontrol.cancer.gov/brp/tcrb/monographs/13/m13_complete.pdf
  • Fact #71

    In 1972, a tobacco company considered adding honey to cigarettes because teenagers like sweet products.

    Fact #71

    • marketing
    • big tobacco
    • youth

    In 1972, a tobacco company considered adding honey to cigarettes because teenagers like sweet products.

    Source:

    Marketing Innovations, Inc."Project Report: Youth Cigarette - New Concepts." Brown and Williamson Tobacco Corporation. September 1972. Bates No: 170042014.

    URL: http://bit.ly/LTiEAm
  • Fact #221

    In 1989, one tobacco company called the threat of an acute deficiency of young adult smokers the "doomsday scenario."

    Fact #221

    • Tobacco Files
    • marketing
    • quotes
    • youth

    In 1989, one tobacco company called the threat of an acute deficiency of young adult smokers the "doomsday scenario."

    Source:

    WINSTON 1990+. The Legacy Tobacco Documents Library; Issued 2009.

    URL: http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/iin76b00
  • Fact #43

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

    Fact #43

    • ingredients
    • 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

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