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  • Fact #213

    Because nicotine from smokeless tobacco is absorbed through the mouth, it takes longer to produce an effect than if it were absorbed through the lungs. But using cigarettes and smokeless tobacco really do result in the same amount of nicotine intake.

    Fact #213

    • smokeless

    Because nicotine from smokeless tobacco is absorbed through the mouth, it takes longer to produce an effect than if it were absorbed through the lungs. But using cigarettes and smokeless tobacco really do result in the same amount of nicotine intake.

    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.

    URL: http://profiles.nlm.nih.gov/NN/B/C/L/Q/_/nnbclq.pdf
  • Fact #240

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

    Fact #240

    • big tobacco
    • death

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

    Source:

    41,280/365=113.09
    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 #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

    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:

    Hydrogen cyanide cardiovascular and respiratory effects

    US Department of Health and Human Services. Medical Management Guidelines for Hydrogen Cyanide.

    URL: http://1.usa.gov/15NIgL1
  • Fact #101

    In the US, smoking-attributable productivity losses for men are approximately $105.6 billion per year.

    Fact #101

    • money

    In the US, smoking-attributable productivity losses for men are approximately $105.6 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
    • stats
    • cancer
    • 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 #243

    "If they're really really not selling to children, we're all going to be out of business." - Tobacco Company Exec, 1998

    Fact #243

    • big tobacco
    • quotes
    • youth

    "If they're really really not selling to children, we're all going to be out of business." - Tobacco Company Exec, 1998

    Source:

    Salem Black Initiative Program Brand Team Ideation Session." Legacy Tobacco Documents Library. RJ Reynolds. August 13, 1989.

    Source:

    Bates No: 507137652/7666

    URL: http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/wug34d00
    • Tobacco Files
    • quotes
    • Poster

    How do infants avoid secondhand smoke? "At some point they begin to crawl." Tobacco Executive, 1996.

    Source:

    UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, . CA No. 99-2496(GK). March 17, 2005. Plaintiff, 9:32 a.m., v. PHILIP MORRIS USA, et al., Defendants. Washington, D.C.
    Quote from Charles Harper, R.J. Reynolds Chairman. Page 89.

    URL: http://bit.ly/N99gYo
  • 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
    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 #45

    Since 1964, there have been more than 20 million premature deaths attributed to tobacco in the U.S.

    Fact #45

    • stats
    • death

    Since 1964, there have been more than 20 million premature deaths attributed to tobacco in the U.S.

    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/exec-summary.pdf
  • Fact #287

    A typical 60 minute hookah session is the same as smoking 100 cigarettes.

    Fact #287

    • hookah

    A typical 60 minute hookah session is the same as smoking 100 cigarettes.

    Source:

    World Health Organization. Waterpipe Tobacco Smoking: Health Effects, Research Needs and Recommended Actions by Regulators. Advisory Note; 2005.

  • Fact #29

    Arsenic is in tobacco smoke.

    Fact #29

    • ingredients
    • big tobacco
    • cigarettes

    Arsenic 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 180 of PDF.

    URL: http://1.usa.gov/XA6OUg
  • 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 #66

    In the U.S., 26% of middle school, and 21% of high school students who smoke, smoke Newport.

    Fact #66

    • stats
    • cigarettes

    In the U.S., 26% of middle school, and 21% of high school students who smoke, smoke Newport.

    Source:

    CDC. Bloch, A.B., et al. Cigarette Brand Preference Among Middle and High School Students Who Are Established Smokers --- United States, 2004 and 2006
    United States, 2009. February 13, 2009 / 58(05);112-115.

    URL: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5805a3.htm
  • Fact #214

    An average of 4.5mg of nicotine is absorbed from 7.9g of chewing tobacco and an average of 3.6mg of nicotine is absorbed from 2.5g moist snuff.

    Fact #214

    • smokeless
    • stats
    • science

    An average of 4.5mg of nicotine is absorbed from 7.9g of chewing tobacco and an average of 3.6mg of nicotine is absorbed from 2.5g moist snuff.

    Source:

    The American Journal of Medical Sciences. Severson, Herbert H. PhD."What Have We Learned From 20 Years of Research on Smokeless Tobacco Cessation?" Tobacco Update: Scientific Advances, Clinical Perspectives. October 2003. Volume 326, Issue 4: pp 206-211. Abstract.

    URL: http://bit.ly/foQBQi
  • Fact #232

    Methane is found in dog poop and in cigarette smoke.

    Fact #232

    • ingredients
    • cigarettes

    Methane is found in dog poop and 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:

    Methods for Estimating Methane Emissions From Domestic Animals.

    URL: http://bit.ly/YImAMc
  • Fact #95

    In 2010, 75.6% of African Americans were interested in quitting smoking and 59.1% reported making a quit attempt.

    Fact #95

    • stats
    • Race
    • addiction

    In 2010, 75.6% of African Americans were interested in quitting smoking and 59.1% reported making a quit attempt.

    Source:

    CDC. Quitting Smoking Among Adults, United States, 2001-2010. MMWR 2011; 60(44): 1513-1519.
    Category: African Americans
    Fact Created: 10/19/2004

    URL: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6044a2.htm?s_cid= mm6044a2.htm_w
  • Fact #256

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

    Fact #256

    • cigarettes

    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
    • stats
    • death
    • disease
    • cancer
    • infographic

    82.4% of lung cancer deaths are attributable to smoking.

    Source:

    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. p.660.

    URL: http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/reports/50-years-of-progress/

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