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  • Fact #265

    The CEO of a top e-cig brand said other e-cig manufacturers used flavorings “to attract children.” Fast-forward ten months (TEN. MONTHS.) and that same CEO was introducing “Butter Crumble” and berry flavors, saying, “flavor is essential to vapors’ satisfaction.” How old are those vapors?

    Fact #265

    • e-cig
    • big tobacco

    The CEO of a top e-cig brand said other e-cig manufacturers used flavorings “to attract children.” Fast-forward ten months (TEN. MONTHS.) and that same CEO was introducing “Butter Crumble” and berry flavors, saying, “flavor is essential to vapors’ satisfaction.” How old are those vapors?

    • stats
    • death
    • disease

    Of current smokers in the U.S., 2,633,000 have chronic bronchitis from smoking.

    Source:

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

    URL: http://1.usa.gov/MYL9Mg
    • 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
  • Fact #35

    Radioactive Polonium-210 is found in cigarette smoke. Polonium-210 contributes to cancer.

    Fact #35

    • ingredients
    • big tobacco
    • cigarettes
    • disease

    Radioactive Polonium-210 is found in cigarette smoke. Polonium-210 contributes to cancer.

    Source:

    Radioactive polonium-210 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. Page 180 of 261 of PDF.

    URL: http://cancercontrol.cancer.gov/brp/tcrb/monographs/13/m13_complete.pdf
  • Fact #151

    Tobacco companies have been targeting women with their advertising for the last 80 years.

    Fact #151

    • marketing
    • big tobacco

    Tobacco companies have been targeting women with their advertising for the last 80 years.

    Source:

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Women and Smoking: 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, 2001. Chapter 4, Pages 44 and 96 of PDF.

    URL: http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/sgr/2001/complete_report/pdfs/chp4.pdf
    • Infographic
    • cigarettes
    • science

    Sunburns can cause wrinkles; so can cigarettes.

    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: Facial Wrinkles. Chapter 3.

    URL: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/bookshelf/br.fcgi?book=womsmk&part=A7251#A7682
    Source:

    CDC. Women and Smoking: A Report of the Surgeon General. 2002.

    URL: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr5112a4.htm
  • Fact #31

    Carbon monoxide is in tobacco smoke. Carbon monoxide is a toxic gas which can cause death.

    Fact #31

    • ingredients
    • big tobacco
    • cigarettes

    Carbon monoxide is in tobacco smoke. Carbon monoxide is a toxic gas which can cause death.

    Source:

    Carbon monoxide 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. Page 185 of PDF.

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

    Carbon monoxide is a toxic gas and can cause death.

    EPA. An Introduction to Indoor Air Qualit: Carbon Monoxide

    URL: http://1.usa.gov/LxP4iD
  • Fact #23

    2-Naphthylamine, 4-Aminobiphenyl, Benzene, Vinyl Chloride, Ethylene Oxide, Arsenic, Beryllium, Nickel, Chromium (only hexavalent), Cadmium, and Polonium-210 are human carcinogens found in tobacco smoke.

    Fact #23

    • cancer
    • ingredients
    • cigarettes

    2-Naphthylamine, 4-Aminobiphenyl, Benzene, Vinyl Chloride, Ethylene Oxide, Arsenic, Beryllium, Nickel, Chromium (only hexavalent), Cadmium, and Polonium-210 are human carcinogens found 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 176-180 of PDF.

    URL: http://cancercontrol.cancer.gov/brp/tcrb/monographs/13/m13_complete.pdf
  • Fact #77

    In 1993, the Supreme Court decided that an inmate could sue a prison claiming that exposure to his cellmate's secondhand smoke could constitute cruel and unusual punishment.

    Fact #77

    • law suit

    In 1993, the Supreme Court decided that an inmate could sue a prison claiming that exposure to his cellmate's secondhand smoke could constitute cruel and unusual punishment.

    Source:

    Supreme Court of the United States Helling v. McKinney (91-1958), 509 U.S. 25 (1993). Access Date: June 15, 2005. Pages 1 and 5.

    URL: http://supreme.justia.com/us/509/25/case.html
  • 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.

  • Fact #119

    In the U.S. in 2010, 62.4% of current young adult smokers were able to quit smoking for more than a day.

    Fact #119

    • stats
    • addiction
    • youth

    In the U.S. in 2010, 62.4% of current young adult smokers were able to quit smoking for more than a day.

    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 #207

    96.56 million pounds of moist snuff were sold in 2011--more than the combined sales of all of the other types of smokeless tobacco. Moist snuff also continued to receive the most advertising and promotional support from smokeless tobacco companies.

    Fact #207

    • smokeless
    • stats

    96.56 million pounds of moist snuff were sold in 2011--more than the combined sales of all of the other types of smokeless tobacco. Moist snuff also continued to receive the most advertising and promotional support from smokeless tobacco companies.

  • Fact #250

    American Spirits are marketed as additive-free. Yet their warning label states: "No additives in our tobacco does NOT mean a safer cigarette." So they literally produce American spirits. As in, dead people.

    Fact #250

    • ingredients
    • marketing

    American Spirits are marketed as additive-free. Yet their warning label states: "No additives in our tobacco does NOT mean a safer cigarette." So they literally produce American spirits. As in, dead people.

    Source:

    Natural American Spirits cigarettes homepage. No additives in our tobacco does NOT mean safer cigarettes" warning label.

    URL: https://www.nascigs.com/modules/Security/Login.aspx
    Source:

    Print advertising ad

    URL: http://tobacco.stanford.edu/tobacco_main/images_body.php?token1=fm_img3617.php
    • addiction
    • youth
    • infographic

    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 #212

    Using smokeless tobacco is also associated with gum recession, dental caries, and dental staining and abrasion.

    Fact #212

    • smokeless
    • disease

    Using smokeless tobacco is also associated with gum recession, dental caries, and dental staining and abrasion.

    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.

  • Fact #165

    In 1985, one tobacco company brainstormed the idea of reaching younger adult customers in record stores.

    Fact #165

    • Tobacco Files
    • big tobacco
    • marketing
    • youth

    In 1985, one tobacco company brainstormed the idea of reaching younger adult customers in record stores.

    Source:

    a. XG BRAINSTORMING NYC, 2/26. 26 February 1985. RJ Reynolds. Bates No. 505412643/2682.

    URL: http://www.legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/bib25d00/pdf
    Source:

    b. Briefing Document for Project XG Brainstorming Session. 20 February 1985. RJ Reynolds. Bates No. 504043244/3248.

    URL: http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/dog75d00/pdf
  • Fact #94

    About 20% of African American youth are exposed to secondhand smoke in the home.

    Fact #94

    • stats
    • Race

    About 20% of African American youth are exposed to secondhand smoke in the home.

    Source:

    American Legacy Foundation. Secondhand Smoke--Youth Exposure and Adult Attitudes--Results from Three National Surveys. Supplemental Tables. Table S-5. Prevalence of Secondhand Smoke Exposure (Ages 12-17) -1999-2003 LMTS.

    URL: http://www.legacyforhealth.org/PDFPublications/fl_14_tables.pdf
  • Fact #268

    Exposure to pro-tobacco movies, TV shows, and ads that show tobacco use in a positive way more than doubles your chances of starting smoking.

    Fact #268

    • celebrity
    • entertainment
    • movie

    Exposure to pro-tobacco movies, TV shows, and ads that show tobacco use in a positive way more than doubles your chances of starting smoking.

    Source:

    Wellman RJ, Sugarman DB, et al. The extent to which tobacco marketing and tobacco use in films contribute to children’s use of tobacco. Archive of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. 2006;160:1285-1296.

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