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  • Fact #139

    The U.S., China, Russian Federation, Japan, and Indonesia were the top five countries that consumed more than half of the world's cigarettes in 2009.

    Fact #139

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    The U.S., China, Russian Federation, Japan, and Indonesia were the top five countries that consumed more than half of the world's cigarettes in 2009.

    Source:

    Eriksen, M., Mackay, J L, and Ross, H. The Tobacco Atlas. World Lung Foundation and American Cancer Society, 2012

    URL: http://www.tobaccoatlas.org/harm/deaths/text/
  • 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

    • quotes
    • 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 #189

    Geraniol is found in cigarettes. Geraniol is also found in pesticides.

    Fact #189

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    • cigarettes

    Geraniol is found in cigarettes. Geraniol is also found in pesticides.

    Source:

    Geraniol is found in cigarettes.

    Philip Morris USA Online. Products. Tobacco Flavor and Ingredients. Alphabetical List, No. 17.

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

    Geraniol is found in pesticides.

    Citation: Kegley, S.E., Hill, B.R., Orme S., Choi A.H., PAN Pesticide Database, Pesticide Action Network, North America (San Francisco, CA, 2008).

    URL: http://www.pesticideinfo.org/Detail_Chemical.jsp?Rec_Id=PC33336
  • Fact #254

    Tobacco products are the only legal consumer product that can kill people when used as intended.

    Fact #254

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    • cigarettes

    Tobacco products are the only legal consumer product that can kill people when used as intended.

    Source:

    tobacco is the only legally available consumer product which kills people when it is used entirely as intended." Page 15

    URL: http://www.who.int/tobacco/mpower/2008/en/index.html
    Source:

    Pan American Health Org
    Tobacco is the only legal consumer product that kills when used exactly as intended by the manufacturer"

    URL: http://www.paho.org/hq./index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=8422%3Apaho-welcomes-tobacco-ban-at-2014-fifa-world-cup-in-brazil-&catid=740%3Anews-press-releases&Itemid=1926&lang=en
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    • ingredients
    • cigarettes

    Formaldehyde is found in cigarette smoke. It's also used to preserve dead animals.

    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:

    CDC Controlling Formaldehyde Exposures During Embalming
    25-Feb-99
    Access Date: October 25, 2005

    URL: http://1.usa.gov/X8PW7C
  • Fact #65

    Every year, tobacco-related disease kills about 202,000 women in the US.

    Fact #65

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    • women

    Every year, tobacco-related disease kills about 202,000 women in the US.

    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

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    • 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
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    • cigarettes

    An ingredient in mothballs- naphthalene- is also found in cigarette smoke.

    Source:

    Naphthalene is found in cigarettes.

    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:

    Mothballs contain napthalene.

    New South Wales Government Department of Health. "Naphthalene in Moth Balls and Toilet Deodorant Cakes".

    URL: http://www.mhcs.health.nsw.gov.au/publication_pdfs/8780/DOH-8780-ENG.pdf
  • Fact #263

    E-cigarettes are smoke-free and tobacco-free, but not all are nicotine-free--even though some claim to be.

    Fact #263

    • e-cig
    • ingredients

    E-cigarettes are smoke-free and tobacco-free, but not all are nicotine-free--even though some claim to be.

  • 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
    Source:
    URL: http://www.philipmorrisusa.com/en/cms/Responsibility/Supporting_Cessation/default.aspx?src=top_nav
    Source:

    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
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    • infographic

    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 #32

    Chromium is in tobacco smoke. Chromium contributes to cancer.

    Fact #32

    • ingredients
    • big tobacco
    • cigarettes
    • disease

    Chromium is in tobacco smoke. Chromium contributes to cancer.

    Source:

    Chromium is in tobacco smoke

    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 180 of PDF.

    URL: http://cancercontrol.cancer.gov/brp/tcrb/monographs/13/m13_complete.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
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    • ingredients
    • cigarettes

    Toluene is found in cigarette smoke. Toluene is also found in explosives.

    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:

    US Environmental Protection Agency."Explosives". TNT Production. Organic Chemical Process Industry. Page 1 of PDF.

    URL: http://www.epa.gov/ttn/chief/ap42/ch06/final/c06s03.pdf
  • 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.

    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:

    Acetic acid is found in floor wipes.

    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 #50

    In 1974, a tobacco company explored targeting customers as young as 14.

    Fact #50

    • youth
    • marketing

    In 1974, a tobacco company explored targeting customers as young as 14.

    Source:

    RJR. Domestic Operating Goals and Assumptions. Legacy Tobacco Documents Library. Reynolds Tobacco Company. November 21, 1974. Bates No:500796976/6983. Page 2 of PDF.

    URL: http://tobaccodocuments.org/ftc_rjr/CX000051.pdf
  • Fact #2

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

    Fact #2

    • stats
    • death
    • disease

    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 #126

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

    Fact #126

    • 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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