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    Cigarettes and other smoking materials are the number one cause of fire deaths in the U.S.

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    National Fire Protection Association. Fire Analysis and Research Division. U.S. Smoking Material Fire Problem. John R. Hall, Jr. November 2008. Page 11 of PDF.

    URL: http://www.nfpa.org/assets/files//PDF/OS.Smoking.pdf
  • Fact #230

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

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

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

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    WHO report:

    URL: http://www.who.int/tobacco/global_interaction/tobreg/Waterpipe%20recommendation_Final.pdf
  • Fact #186

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

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

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    Toluene is found in gasoline.

    Medscape's eMedicine. McKeown, Nathanael J., DO."Toxicology, Toluene". May 20, 2009.

    URL: http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/818939-overview
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    Toluene is found in cigarette 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
  • 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.

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

    URL: http://1.usa.gov/128GeX0
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    Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

    URL: http://www.dep.state.pa.us/dep/deputate/pollprev/iso14001/bpmanual/CAirAll.htm
  • Fact #21

    Cigarette smoke contains about 7000 chemicals.

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    Cigarette smoke contains about 7000 chemicals.

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    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 #217

    In 2011, tobacco killed nearly 6 million people worldwide.

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    In 2011, tobacco killed nearly 6 million people worldwide.

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    Eriksen, M., Mackay, J L, and Ross, H. The Tobacco Atlas. World Lung Foundation and American Cancer Society, 2012
    http://www.tobaccoatlas.org/harm/deaths/text/
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20231181

    URL: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs339/en/
  • Fact #234

    1,685,068 pounds of toxic chemicals were released by tobacco product manufacturing facilities in the US in 2012. There goes the neighborhood!

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    1,685,068 pounds of toxic chemicals were released by tobacco product manufacturing facilities in the US in 2012. There goes the neighborhood!

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    The Right to Know Network. Toxic Release Inventory Database 312229: Other Tobacco Product Manufacturing Facilities (NAICS 312229) (2011). Compiled from data released by the U.S. EPA's Toxic Release Inventory database (TRI) on October 19, 2012. Accessed April 10, 2013.

    URL: http://www.rtknet.org/db/tri/tri.php?dbtype=C&naics=312229&corechem=n&rsei=y&sortp=D&detail=-1&datype=T&reptype=f&database=tri&reporting_year=2011&submit=GO
  • Fact #160

    Problems with self-esteem. Has menial, boring job. Emotionally insecure. Passive-aggressive. Probably leads fairly dull existence. Grooming not a strong priority. Lacks inner resources. Group conformist. Non-thinking. Not into ideas. Insecure follower. These are all terms taken from Big Tobacco's files that have been used to describe different groups of potential customers for their deadly, addictive products.

    Fact #160

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    Problems with self-esteem. Has menial, boring job. Emotionally insecure. Passive-aggressive. Probably leads fairly dull existence. Grooming not a strong priority. Lacks inner resources. Group conformist. Non-thinking. Not into ideas. Insecure follower. These are all terms taken from Big Tobacco's files that have been used to describe different groups of potential customers for their deadly, addictive products.

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    Problems with self-esteem

    RJR; HUNTER CS. MARKETING RESEARCH REPORT. INNER CITY BLACK CREATIVE EXPLORATORY.
    MARKETING DOC. R. J. Reynolds. American Legacy Documents. January 16, 1989.
    Access Date: June 30, 2005.
    Bates Number: 507119955/9990
    Secondary Bates Number: MRD88 12121
    Page 5.

    URL: http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/lsg28c00/pdf
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    Not Into Ideas (page 1)
    Group Conformist (page 1)
    Non-thinking (page 5)
    Menial, Boring Job (page 6)

    RUNNING LIST OF YA CHARACTERISTICS.
    Legacy Tobacco Documents Library. R.J. Reynolds. 1988.
    Access Date: June 14, 2005
    Document Type: REPORT
    Bates Number: 507350280/0288.

    URL: http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/rtl28c00/pdf
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    Fairly Dull Existence (page 3)
    Insecure Follower (page 12)

    SMOKER PSYCHOGRAPHICS. Brown and Williamson. Legacy Tobacco Documents Library. April 1981. Access Date: July 19, 2005.
    Document Type: MARKETING REPORT
    Bates Number: 549000992/1019

    URL: http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/kch10f00/pdf
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    Passive Agressive (page 5)
    Grooming Not a Strong Priority (page 15)
    Lacks Inner Resources (page 17)

    MINDSET SEGMENTS.
    R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company Documents. R.J. Reynolds. January 3, 1991
    Access Date: June, 14, 2005.
    Document Type: REPORT
    Bate Number: 510320848/0876.
    Page 3/29 in PDF

    URL: http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/abr28c00/pdf
  • Fact #136

    Tobacco accounts for one out of every ten deaths worldwide and claims nearly 6 million lives each year.

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    Tobacco accounts for one out of every ten deaths worldwide and claims nearly 6 million lives each year.

  • Fact #242

    As early as 1998, execs from one major tobacco company discussed "covertly" contacting graffiti artists to paint for them in key locations.

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    As early as 1998, execs from one major tobacco company discussed "covertly" contacting graffiti artists to paint for them in key locations.

  • Fact #143

    Smoking is responsible for the premature deaths of approximately 3 million women since 1980.

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    Smoking is responsible for the premature deaths of approximately 3 million women since 1980.

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    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Women and Smoking. A report of the Surgeon General. Rockville, MD. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, 2001.

    URL: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr5112a4.htm
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    Ammonia is in tobacco smoke. It's also used to clean toilets.

    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 #155

    In 1989, millions of cases of imported fruit were banned after a small amount of cyanide was found in just two grapes. There's 33 times more cyanide in a single cigarette than was found in both of those grapes.

    Fact #155

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    In 1989, millions of cases of imported fruit were banned after a small amount of cyanide was found in just two grapes. There's 33 times more cyanide in a single cigarette than was found in both of those grapes.

    Source:

    American Legacy Foundation Online Tobacco Documents Database. EIU Country Report No 2 1989. February 16, 1989. Economic Policy: Interest Rates Are Kept High.

    URL: http://www.legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/rsc80a99/pdf?search=%22chilean%20grapes%22
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    American Legacy Foundation Online Tobacco Documents Database. St. Louis Post Dispatch. Commentary: When Chemophobia Ruled The Land.

    URL: http://www.legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/llh36e00/pdf?search=%22chilean%20grapes%22
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    American Legacy Foundation Online Tobacco Documents Database. Security Forecast. April Risk Assessment: Low Throughout the Country. March 17, 1989.

    URL: http://www.legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/psc80a99/pdf?search=%22chilean%20grapes%22
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    American Legacy Foundation Online Tobacco Documents Database. A Year After Grape Scare, Chilean Fruit Sales Thrive. March 5, 1990.

    URL: http://www.legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/rpw28a99/pdf?search=%22chilean%20grapes%22
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    perforated cigarette = 201 micrograms.
    Hoffman D, Hoffman I, El-Bayoumy, K. "The Less Harmful Cigarette: A Controversial Issue. A Tribute to Ernst L.Wynder." Chemical Research in Toxicology. The American Chemical Society. 2001, 14(7):767790.

    URL: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/tx000260u
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    Math:
    1000 micrograms = 1 milligram
    201 micrograms = .2 milligrams
    x=.2/.006 (because each grape contains .003 milligrams)
    x=33.333
    The amount of cyanide in one cigarette is 33 times the amount in the two grapes.

  • 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

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    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 #259

    In 2013, only 9% of teens still smoked. That's less than the number of landlines still in use.

    Fact #259

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    In 2013, only 9% of teens still smoked. That's less than the number of landlines still in use.

    Source:

    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
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    CIA World Factbook

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

  • Fact #88

    In the U.S., 60.9% of students who ever smoked cigarettes daily tried to quit smoking cigarettes

    Fact #88

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    In the U.S., 60.9% of students who ever smoked cigarettes daily tried to quit smoking cigarettes

    Source:

    CDC. High School Students Who Tried to Quit Smoking Cigarettes-United States, 2007. May 1, 2009. 58(16);428-431.

    URL: http://www.cdc.gov/mmWR/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5816a4.htm
  • Fact #126

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

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    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 #188

    Acetone is found in cigarette smoke. Acetone also removes nail polish.

    Fact #188

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    Acetone is found in cigarette smoke. Acetone also removes nail polish.

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    22-Nov-04
    Access Date: October 25, 2005

    URL: http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/toxfaqs/tf.asp?id=4&tid=1
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    Acetone is found in cigarette smoke

    NCI. Risks Associated with Smoking Cigarettes with Low Machine-Measured Yeilds 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.
    Category: Ingredients
    Fact Created: 11/10/2004

    URL: http://cancercontrol.cancer.gov/tcrb/monographs/13/m13_complete.pdf

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