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  • Fact #159

    In the U.S., smoking is depicted in one-third of youth-rated movies, and 75% of R-rated movies.

    Fact #159

    • marketing
    • cigarettes

    In the U.S., smoking is depicted in one-third of youth-rated movies, and 75% of R-rated movies.

    Source:

    "Polansky JR, Titus K, Lanning N, Glantz SA. Smoking in Top-Grossing U.S. Movies, 2012. San Francisco: San Francisco: University of California San Francisco, Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education, 2013."

    URL: http://escholarship.org/uc/item/3j69r912#page-1
  • Fact #102

    In the US, smoking-attributable productivity losses for women are approximately $45 billion per year.

    Fact #102

    • money

    In the US, smoking-attributable productivity losses for women are approximately $45 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 #267

    Yep. When people see the celebs that they love smoking, they start thinking smoking is a normal, aspirational thing. Says who? Says science. Lots and lots of science.

    Fact #267

    • celebrity
    • entertainment

    Yep. When people see the celebs that they love smoking, they start thinking smoking is a normal, aspirational thing. Says who? Says science. Lots and lots of science.

    Source:

    National Cancer Institute. The Role of the Media in Promoting and Reducing Tobacco Use. Tobacco Control Monograph No. 19. Bethesda, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute. NIH Pub. No. 07-6242, June 2008.

  • Fact #208

    Smokeless tobacco is addictive.

    Fact #208

    • smokeless
    • addiction

    Smokeless tobacco is addictive.

    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.

    URL: http://profiles.nlm.nih.gov/NN/B/B/F/C/_/nnbbfc.pdf
  • 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 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 #195

    In 1988, one tobacco company brainstormed the idea of a colored cigarette to "enhance wardrobe."

    Fact #195

    • marketing

    In 1988, one tobacco company brainstormed the idea of a colored cigarette to "enhance wardrobe."

    Source:

    ATTACHMENT #1. FLAVOR DIVISION PLANNING MEETING MARCH 25, 1988. Legacy Tobacco Documents Library. R. J. Reynolds. March 25, 1988. (Attachment #1 gives reference to the actual source of the document below.) Access Date: June 6, 2006 Bates No: 511435201

    URL: http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/fzv43d00/pdf
    Source:

    ATTACHMENT #2. NEW PRODUCT IDEAS. Legacy Tobacco Documents Library. RJ Reynolds. 1988 Access Date: June 6, 2006 Bates Number: 506389501/9504

    URL: http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/gne74d00/pdf
    • ingredients
    • big tobacco
    • cigarettes
    • infographic

    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 #124

    Every day, about 2,100 youth and young adults become daily smokers.

    Fact #124

    • stats
    • addiction
    • youth

    Every day, about 2,100 youth and young adults become daily smokers.

    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
  • 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.

    Source:

    WHO Fact sheet N¡339 - July 2013

    URL: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs339/en/
  • Fact #51

    Maternal smoking during pregnancy and exposure to secondhand smoke in infancy increases the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

    Fact #51

    • women
    • death

    Maternal smoking during pregnancy and exposure to secondhand smoke in infancy increases the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

    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-12.pdf
  • Fact #162

    Sodium hydroxide is a caustic compound found in hair removal products. It was found in cigarettes in 1994.

    Fact #162

    • ingredients
    • cigarettes

    Sodium hydroxide is a caustic compound found in hair removal products. It was found in cigarettes in 1994.

    Source:

    Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry Medical Management guidelines for Sodium Hydroxide

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

    National Institutes of Health: National Library of Medicine; Specialized Information Serivces Household Products Database Brand Name: Nair 3 in 1 Brush on Cream Hair Remover

    URL: http://householdproducts.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/household/brands?tbl=brands&id=3002008
    Source:

    599 Additives in Cigarettes - Sodium Hydroxide 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:

    INGREDIENTS ADDED TO TOBACCO IN THE MANUFACTURE OF CIGARETTES BY THE SIX MAJOR AMERICAN CIGARETTE COMPANIES Legacy Tobacco Documents Library, Brown & Williamson Collection, April 12, 1994. Page 44 of PDF. Bates Number: 566936921-566936970

    URL: http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/pjv11c00/pdf
  • Fact #90

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

    Fact #90

    • Stats
    • money

    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 #118

    Pregnant women who smoke increase their risk of preterm delivery, low birth weight, and SIDS.

    Fact #118

    • women
    • science
    • disease

    Pregnant women who smoke increase their risk of preterm delivery, low birth weight, and SIDS.

    Source:

    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. Chapter 5. Page 3 of 86 of PDF of Chapter 5.

    URL: http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/sgr/2004/pdfs/chapter5.pdf
  • Fact #253

    Back in the day, Big tobacco exposed sheep to smoke by sticking tracheotomy tubes down their throats.

    Fact #253

    • science
    • big tobacco

    Back in the day, Big tobacco exposed sheep to smoke by sticking tracheotomy tubes down their throats.

    Source:

    Back in the day, Big tobacco exposed sheep to smoke by sticking tracheotomy tubes down their throats.

    Source:

    Title: EXPOSURE OF SHEEP TO SMOKE BY WAY OF A TRACHEOSTOMY TUBE

    URL: http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/mfe81e00/pdf?search=%22sex%22
    Source:

    Title: VISIT TO HUNTINGDON RESEARCH CENTER, HUNTINGDON, ENGLAND

    URL: http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/zej97e00
    Source:

    Title: APPLICATION FOR RESEARCH GRANT EFFECTS OF PROLONGED INHALATION OF CIGARETTE SMOKE ON THE RESPIRATORY TRACT OF SHEEP

    URL: http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/mrz8aa00
  • 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.

    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 Acetic acid is found in floor wipes.
    Source:

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

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

    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 #216

    Candy-flavored cigarettes are now illegal. But Big Tobacco still sells other tobacco products in over 45 candy flavors.

    Fact #216

    • marketing
    • big tobacco
    • youth

    Candy-flavored cigarettes are now illegal. But Big Tobacco still sells other tobacco products in over 45 candy flavors.

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