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  • Fact #1

    In the U.S., about 50,000 people die each year from secondhand smoke-related diseases.

    Source: Glantz SA, Parmley WW. Passive Smoking and Heart Disease. JAMA 1995; 273(13) 1047-1053.
    URL: http://bit.ly/XYIfg3
  • Fact #4

    In the U.S., 1,300 people die every day from tobacco related disease.

    (480,000 / 365 = 1,315.07)
    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 #20

    Nicotine reaches the brain within 10 seconds after smoke is inhaled.

    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 #34

    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 #42

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

    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 #76

    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 #79

    In 1996, a major tobacco company planned to boost cigarette sales by targeting homeless people. They called their plan"Project SCUM: Sub Culture Urban Marketing."

    Source: PROJECT SCUM. The Legacy Tobacco Documents Library; Issued: 1995. http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/mum76d00
  • Fact #111

    The tobacco industry spends more than $28 million each day marketing its products in the U.S. alone.

    Federal Trade Commission Cigarette Report
    for 2007 and 2008. Federal Trade Commission. Access Date: August 11, 2011.
    URL: http://www.ftc.gov/os/2011/07/110729cigarettereport.pdf

    Federal Trade Commission Smokeless Tobacco Report for 2007 and 2008. Federal Trade Commission. Access Date: August 11, 2011.
    URL: http://www.ftc.gov/os/2011/07/110729smokelesstobaccoreport.pdf
  • Fact #122

    1 out of 3 smokers begin smoking before the age of 14.

    Source: Mowery PD, Brick PD, Farrelly MC. Legacy First Look Report 3. Pathways to Established smoking: Results from the 1999 National Youth Tobacco Survey. Washington DC: American Legacy Foundation. October 2000.)
    URL: http://www.americanlegacy.org/PDFPublications/Youth_and_Smoking_-_2.08_-_FINAL.pdf
  • Fact #125

    About one third of youth smokers will eventually die from a tobacco-related disease.

    Source: PERSPECTIVES in Health. Volume 2- No. 2. 1997.
    "Tobacco: the next World War?" Pan American Health Organization. World Health Organization website.
    URL: http://www.paho.org/English/DPI/Number4_article5.htm
  • Fact #126

    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
  • Fact #127

    In just one year, about 31,000 kids lost their dads 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. Page 2 of 4 of PDF.
    URL: http://leistikow.ucdavis.edu/BereftYouths.pdf
  • Fact #133

    Every 6 seconds, someone in the world dies from a smoking-related disease.

    Source: WHO Fact sheet N°339 - July 2013
    URL: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs339/en/
  • Fact #153

    There's hydrogen cyanide in rat poison. The same stuff is in cigarette smoke.

    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://1.usa.gov/KGCnCy

    Hydrogen cyanide is in rat poison:
    Source: ATSDR. Toxicological Profile for Cyanide. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease. Page 8 of PDF.
    URL: http://1.usa.gov/NHO3Gj
  • Fact #161

    Tobacco kills about 30 times more people than murder.

    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 #174

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

    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 #223

    One cigarette butt soaked in a liter of water killed half of the fish exposed in a study in a laboratory setting.

    Source:
    Slaughter E, Gersberg R, Watanabe K, Rudolph J, Novotny TE. Toxicity of Cigarette Butts, and their Chemical Components, to Marine and Freshwater Fish. Tob Control. 2011;20(Supplement 1):i23-i27.
    http://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/content/20/Suppl_1/i25.full
    (see abstract results and conclusion of abstract)
  • 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.

    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: http://sasi.group.shef.ac.uk/publications/2000/shaw_BMJ_time_for_smoke.pdf
  • Fact #230

    In an average one-hour hookah session, you inhale 100 to 200 times as much smoke as from a single cigarette.

    WHO report: http://www.who.int/tobacco/global_interaction/tobreg/Waterpipe%20recommendation_Final.pdf
  • Fact #240

    Big Tobacco’s products kill 113 people from secondhand smoke every day.

    41,280/365=113.09
    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 #256

    Penis. PENIS! Got your attention? Keep it at attention – smoking can cause erectile dysfunction in men as young as 20.

    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