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  • Fact #132

    Each year only 6.2% of smokers succeed in quitting.

    Fact #132

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    • addiction

    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 #65

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

    Fact #65

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    • death
    • 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
    • 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 #194

    Each year, nearly 6 million people around the world die from tobacco products.

    Fact #194

    • stats
    • death

    Each year, nearly 6 million people around the world die from tobacco products.

    • money
    • marketing
    • big tobacco
    • infographic

    A tobacco company once gave $125,000 worth of food to a charity, according to an estimate by The Wall Street Journal. Then, they spent well over $22 million telling people about it. I guess when you sell a deadly, addictive product, you need all the good PR you can get.

    Source:

    BRANCH,S. PHILIP MORRIS' AD ON MACARONI AND PEACE - KOSOVO TALE NARROWS GAP BETWEEN PHILANTHROPY, PUBLICITY. DOW JONES; WALL STREET JOURNAL. Philip Morris. Legacy Tobacco Document Library. July 24, 2001.
    Access Date: July 19, 2005
    Bates Number: 2085774391A/4392

    URL: http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/pmu41c00/pdf
    Source:

    Ad*Views. $22,959,418 spent on media buy for"Refugee camp/Helicopter/ Woman/Boy" spot in 2001
    Media: Television
    Market: National
    Period: Jan 1, 2001 - Dec 20, 2001

  • Fact #82

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

    Fact #82

    • big tobacco
    • addiction

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

    Source:

    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
    • stats
    • cancer
    • disease
    • infographic

    Of current smokers in the U.S., 46,000 have lung cancer from smoking.

    Source:

    CDC. Cigarette Smoking Attributable Morbidity - United States, 2000. MMWR 2003; 52(35) 842-844. Table.

    URL: http://1.usa.gov/MYL9Mg
  • 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

    • stats

    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/
    • 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/
    • infographic
    • 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 #28

    Benzene is in tobacco smoke. Benzene causes cancer.

    Fact #28

    • ingredients
    • big tobacco
    • cigarettes
    • disease

    Benzene is in tobacco smoke. Benzene causes cancer.

    Source:

    Benzene is 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. Page 176 of PDF.

    URL: http://1.usa.gov/KGCnCy
    Source:

    Sufficient Proof Exists of Benzene's Carcinogenity to Humans

    Hoffman D, Hoffman I, El-Bayoumy K. The Less Harmful Cigarette: A Controversial Issue. Chemical Research in Toxicology. The American Chemical Society. The American Chemical Society. July 2001. Vol. 14, No. 7. Page 5, within list.

    URL: http://bit.ly/11ejZwO
  • Fact #172

    In 1971, when one tobacco executive was reminded that smoking can lead to underweight babies, he said, "Some women would prefer smaller babies."

    Fact #172

    • quotes
    • big tobacco

    In 1971, when one tobacco executive was reminded that smoking can lead to underweight babies, he said, "Some women would prefer smaller babies."

    Source:

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Women and Smoking. A report of the Surgeon General. Atlantic, GA. 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, March 2001.
    Category: Women. Chapter 3. Page 17

    URL: http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/wkg70d00/pdf
    Source:

    (1) U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Health Consequences of 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, 2004.
    Category: Reproductive Effects

    URL: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/bookshelf/br.fcgi?book=smokeuse&part=ch5
  • Fact #171

    In 1996, the tobacco industry said that drinking one to two glasses of whole milk a day was riskier than second-hand smoke.

    Fact #171

    • big tobacco
    • marketing

    In 1996, the tobacco industry said that drinking one to two glasses of whole milk a day was riskier than second-hand smoke.

    Source:

    Philip Morris Europe SA. ""Second-hand tobacco smoke in perspective. What risks do you take?"" 1994. Bates no: 2501066695.

    URL: http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/ols32e00/pdf
    • marketing
    • big tobacco
    • youth
    • infographic

    One tobacco company brainstormed reaching its target consumer from ice cream trucks.

    Source:

    OTHER WAYS TO REACH THE TARGET
    Legacy Tobacco Documents Library. RJ Reynolds. October 2, 1989. Page 1 of 18.
    Access Date: September 15, 2004
    Bates No.: 507176999-507177016

    URL: http://bit.ly/LTjjlp
    • marketing
    • cigarettes
    • ingredients

    Unlike other products, the tobacco industry doesn't need to list ingredients on the label.

    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: 175 of 251 in PDF. Fact Created: 11/10/2004

    URL: http://1.usa.gov/KGCnCy
    Source:

    Title 15, Chapter 36 - Cigarette Labeling and Advertising (1335a. List of cigarette ingredients; annual submission to Secretary; transmittal to Congress; confidentiality. Page: 4 to 5 of 7 in PDF.

    Federal Trade Commission Access Date: October 24, 2005

    URL: http://1.usa.gov/OFyIfy"
  • 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 #222

    Chemicals that seep out of cigarette butts can be acutely toxic to fish and micro-organisms.

    Fact #222

    • environment
    • ingredients
    • cigarettes

    Chemicals that seep out of cigarette butts can be acutely toxic to fish and micro-organisms.

    Source:

    Sources
    Micevska T, Warne MS, Pablo F, Patra R. Variation in, and causes of, toxicity of cigarette butts to a cladoceran and microtox.
    Arch Environ Contam Toxicol. Feb 2006;50(2):205-212.

    URL: http://www.springerlink.com/content/p433v47q31282841/
    Source:

    Register K. Cigarette Butts as Litter-Toxic as Well as Ugly. Underwater Naturalist, Bulletin of the American Littoral
    Society. 2000;5(2).

    URL: http://www.longwood.edu/cleanva/ciglitterarticle.htm
    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.

    URL: http://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/content/20/Suppl_1/i25.full
  • Fact #205

    The five major smokeless manufacturers spent a total of $451.7 million on advertising and promotion, an increase from the $444.2 million spent in 2010.

    Fact #205

    • stats
    • big tobacco

    The five major smokeless manufacturers spent a total of $451.7 million on advertising and promotion, an increase from the $444.2 million spent in 2010.

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