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  • Fact #135

    In 1997, one tobacco company CEO said he would probably "instantly" shut his doors "to get a better hold on things" if it were proved to his satisfaction that smoking causes cancer. That same company now admits on their website that smoking causes cancer, but they're still open for business.

    Fact #135

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    In 1997, one tobacco company CEO said he would probably "instantly" shut his doors "to get a better hold on things" if it were proved to his satisfaction that smoking causes cancer. That same company now admits on their website that smoking causes cancer, but they're still open for business.

    Source:

    DEPOSITION OF GEOFFREY C. BIBLE TAKEN AT THE INSTANCE OF PLAINTIFFS IN THE FIFTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR PALM BEACH COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO. CL 95-1466 AH THE STATE OF FLORIDA, ET AL., PLAINTIFF, VS. THE AMERICAN TOBACCO COMPANY, ET AL., DEFENDANTS. American Legacy Tobacco Documents Library. Philip Morris Collection. August 21, 1997 Access Date: September 18, 2005. Page: 8 in PDF (Page 27 in that page). Bates Number: 2081843112/3136

    URL: http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/cgi/getdoc?tid=car80c00&fmt=pdf&ref=results
    Source:

    Philip Morris USA official website

    URL: http://www.philipmorrisusa.com/en/cms/Products/Cigarettes/Health_Issues/Cigarette_Smoking_and_Disease/default.aspx?src=top_nav
  • Fact #197

    Adolescents who use smokeless tobacco are more likely to become cigarette smokers.

    Fact #197

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    Adolescents who use smokeless tobacco are more likely to become cigarette smokers.

    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. Page 17 of 22.

    URL: http://profiles.nlm.nih.gov/NN/B/C/F/T/_/nnbcft.pdf
  • Fact #238

    In actual documents from 1991, Big Tobacco profiled various female mindsets. They described one type of woman by saying she 'lacks control over her life,' 'feels vulnerable,' and is 'mainly negative about the future.'

    Fact #238

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    • big tobacco
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    • women

    In actual documents from 1991, Big Tobacco profiled various female mindsets. They described one type of woman by saying she 'lacks control over her life,' 'feels vulnerable,' and is 'mainly negative about the future.'

    Source:

    Mindset Segments." Legacy Tobacco Documents. RJ Reynolds collection. January 3, 1991. Page 16. Bates No: 510320848/0876

    URL: http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/qkg63d00/pdf
  • Fact #92

    In 2006, a judge ruled that Big Tobacco had been engaged in a 50-year-long scheme to deceive the public about the dangers of smoking. Lies suck too.

    Fact #92

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    • marketing

    In 2006, a judge ruled that Big Tobacco had been engaged in a 50-year-long scheme to deceive the public about the dangers of smoking. Lies suck too.

    Source:

    CNNMoney.com."Judge rules against Big Tobacco. August 18, 2006.

    URL: http://money.cnn.com/2006/08/17/news/companies/tobacco_ruling/index.htm
    Source:

    United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Gladys Kessler, United States District Court Judge."Final Opinion". Civil Action No. 99-2496 (GK). August 17, 2006. Introduction/Overview, page 1-4. (Also page 219, 259, 293, 330, 479, 655, 819, 1397.)

    URL: http://tobaccofreekids.org/content/what_we_do/industry_watch/doj/FinalOpinion.pdf
  • Fact #81

    In 1997, a Big Tobacco executive once said, under oath, that he believed Gummy Bears were addictive like cigarettes.

    Fact #81

    • Tobacco Files
    • big tobacco
    • addiction

    In 1997, a Big Tobacco executive once said, under oath, that he believed Gummy Bears were addictive like cigarettes.

    Source:

    Deposition of JAMES J. MORGAN, April 17, 1997, NORMA R. BROIN, ET AL., PLAINTIFFS, VS. PHILIP MORRIS COMPANIES, INC., DEFENDANTS. CASE NO. 91-49738 CA 22. HOWARD A. ENGLE, M.D., ET AL., PLAINTIFFS, VS. RJ REYNOLDS TOBACCO COMPANY, ETC., ET AL., DEFENDANTS. CASE NO. 94-08273 CA 20. Page 13 of 45 of PDF. Page 78 of real report. Legacy Tobacco Documents Library. Philip Morris Collection. April 17, 1997. Bates Number: 2063670882/0926 Access Date: November 4, 2005

    URL: http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/hkd38d00/pdf
  • Fact #91

    Between 2009-2012, the estimated annual smoking-attributable economic costs in the U.S. were between $289-332.5 billion.

    Fact #91

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    Between 2009-2012, the estimated annual smoking-attributable economic costs in the U.S. were between $289-332.5 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 #55

    620 people die each year in the U.S. from smoking-related fires.

    Fact #55

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    620 people die each year in the U.S. from smoking-related fires.

    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 #93

    In 2008, 48.8% of people for whom their high school diploma was their highest level of educational attainment who have ever smoked reported that they had successfully quit.

    Fact #93

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    In 2008, 48.8% of people for whom their high school diploma was their highest level of educational attainment who have ever smoked reported that they had successfully quit.

    Source:

    CDC. Cigarette Smoking Among Adults and Trends in Smoking Cessation- United States, 2008. MMWR 2009; 58(44): 1229.

    URL: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5844.pdf
  • Fact #90

    During 2005-2009, smoking-attributable productivity losses totaled $150.7 billion per year.

    Fact #90

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    During 2005-2009, smoking-attributable productivity losses totaled $150.7 billion per year.

    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 #175

    In 1978, one tobacco executive said that "unhappiness causes cancer." So smile!

    Fact #175

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    In 1978, one tobacco executive said that "unhappiness causes cancer." So smile!

    Source:

    NCI STUDY OF OCCUPATIONAL CANCERS. Legacy Tobacco Documents Library. Philip Morris. Page 1 of 2. Document Date: October 6, 1978. Bates No.: 10030440078/0079

    URL: http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/hye94e00/pdf;jsessionid=3921A14B65660AD990C9CCB25CCA4AFA
  • Fact #132

    Each year only 6.2% of smokers succeed in quitting.

    Fact #132

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    Each year only 6.2% of smokers succeed in quitting.

    Source:

    CDC. Quitting Smoking Among Adults --- United States, 2001--2010. MMWR 2011; 60(44);1513-1519.

    URL: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6044a2.htm?s_cid= mm6044a2.htm_w
  • Fact #259

    Only 9% of teens still smoke. That's less than the number of landlines still in use.

    Fact #259

    • Youth

    Only 9% of teens still smoke. That's less than the number of landlines still in use.

    Source:

    Johnston, L. D., O'Malley, P. M., Miech, R. A., Bachman, J. G., & Schulenberg, J. E. (2014). Monitoring the Future national results on drug use: 1975-2013: Overview, Key Findings on Adolescent Drug Use. Ann Arbor: Institute for Social Research, The University of Michigan.

    URL: http://monitoringthefuture.org/pubs/monographs/mtf-overview2013.pdf
    Source:

    CIA World Factbook

    URL: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/rankorder/2150rank.html 9% of teens = 2,244,761 teens # of landlines still in use = 139 million
  • Fact #218

    In 2007, Camel sold pink and teal-packaged cigarettes which attracted young girls.

    Fact #218

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    • women
    • youth

    In 2007, Camel sold pink and teal-packaged cigarettes which attracted young girls.

    Source:

    Henningfield JE, Schuh LM, Heishman SJ. Pharmacological Determinants of Cigarette Smoking. In: Clarke P.B.S., Quik, M., Adlkofer, F.X., Thurau, K. (eds) Effects of Nicotine on Biological Systems II, International Symposium on Nicotine. Basel, Switzerland: Birkhauser Verlag, pp.247-256, 1995. (see table 1)

  • Fact #82

    In the past, Big Tobacco has compared the addictiveness of cigarettes with M&M's.

    Fact #82

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    In the past, Big Tobacco has compared the addictiveness of cigarettes with M&M's.

    Source:

    THE STATE OF MINNESOTA BY HUBERT H. HUMPHREY, III, ITS ATTORNEY GENERAL, VS. PHILIP MORRIS INCORPORATED. DEPOSITION OF CALUDE E. TEAGUE, JR. WITH EXHIBITS 1088-1100 PLUS EXHIBIT A. Page 19 of 336 in PDF. Page 104 of real report. Authors: TEAGUE CE JR;STIREWALT & ASSOC. R. J. Reynolds. Legacy Tobacco Documents Library. July 8-11, 1997. Access Date: July 5, 2005. Bates Number: 517144081/4416

    URL: http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/ugn82d00/pdf
    • Poster
    • stats
    • death

    There could be 1 billion tobacco deaths worldwide in the 21st century if current trends continue.

    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 #21

    Cigarette smoke contains about 7000 chemicals.

    Fact #21

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    • big tobacco
    • cigarettes
    • science

    Cigarette smoke contains about 7000 chemicals.

    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-10.pdf
  • Fact #110

    39.2% of high school students report seeing advertisements for tobacco products on the Internet.

    Fact #110

    • stats
    • marketing
    • youth

    39.2% of high 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
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    • ingredients
    • cigarettes

    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

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