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    A 1989 document from Big Tobacco's files described young adult smokers in the military as: "less educated" with "poor academic performance" and "limited job prospects."

    Source:

    Military YAS Initiative. Legacy Tobacco Documents Library. RJ Reynolds collection. 1989. Bates No: 507358562/8574.

    Source:
    URL: http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/hrb34d00/pdf
  • Fact #178

    In 2009, 5.9 trillion cigarettes were consumed worldwide - amounting to 865 cigarettes for every man, woman, and child in the world.

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    In 2009, 5.9 trillion cigarettes were consumed worldwide - amounting to 865 cigarettes for every man, woman, and child in the world.

    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/products/cigarette_consumption/fig_b/
  • Fact #210

    Smokeless tobacco increases the risk of oral cancer.

    Fact #210

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    Smokeless tobacco increases the risk of oral cancer.

    Source:

    International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). Summaries and Evaluations Tobacco Products, Smokeless (Group 1); February 1998.

    URL: http://www.inchem.org/documents/iarc/suppl7/tobaccosmokeless.html
  • Fact #29

    Arsenic is in tobacco smoke.

    Fact #29

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    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 #179

    There are 11 known human carcinogens in cigarette smoke.

    Fact #179

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    There are 11 known human carcinogens 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
  • Fact #251

    Back in the day, tobacco companies provided the White House with complimentary gold-sealed Presidential" cigarettes. Way to hail the chief.

    Fact #251

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    Back in the day, tobacco companies provided the White House with complimentary gold-sealed Presidential" cigarettes. Way to hail the chief.

  • Fact #21

    Cigarette smoke contains about 7000 chemicals.

    Fact #21

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    Cigarette smoke contains about 7000 chemicals.

    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-10.pdf
  • Fact #99

    In the U.S. in 2012, 73.9% of people with at least a college degree who had ever smoked reported that they had successfully quit.

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    In the U.S. in 2012, 73.9% of people with at least a college degree who had ever smoked reported that they had successfully quit.

    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 #2

    In the U.S., 33,951 people die each year from secondhand smoke-related heart disease.

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    In the U.S., 33,951 people die each year from secondhand smoke-related heart disease.

    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 #30

    Acetaldehyde is in tobacco smoke. Acetaldehyde is a hazardous air pollutant.

    Fact #30

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    Acetaldehyde is in tobacco smoke. Acetaldehyde is a hazardous air pollutant.

    Source:

    Acetaldehyde 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 179 of PDF.

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

    Acetaldehyde is a Hazardous Air Pollutant

    National Toxicology Program. Department of Health and Human Services. Acetaldehyde substance profile.

    URL: http://1.usa.gov/XYIBmK
  • Fact #204

    Revenues from smokeless tobacco sales totaled $2.94 billion in 2011.

    Fact #204

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    Revenues from smokeless tobacco sales totaled $2.94 billion in 2011.

    Source:

    Federal Trade Commission. Smokeless Tobacco Report for the Year 2011. Washington, DC: Federal Trade Commission; 2009. Page 1

    URL: http://www.ftc.gov/sites/default/files/documents/reports/federal-trade-commission-smokeless-tobacco-report-2011/130521smokelesstobaccoreport.pdf
  • Fact #10

    Of former smokers in the U.S., 1,755,000 have had a heart attack from smoking.

    Fact #10

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    Of former smokers in the U.S., 1,755,000 have had a heart attack from smoking.

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    From 1965-2009, there have been 103,355 tobacco-related infant deaths 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: 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/full-report.pdf
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    An ingredient in mothballs- naphthalene- is also found in cigarette smoke.

    Source:

    Naphthalene 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
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    Mothballs contain napthalene.

    New South Wales Government Department of Health. "Naphthalene in Moth Balls and Toilet Deodorant Cakes".

    URL: http://www.mhcs.health.nsw.gov.au/publication_pdfs/8780/DOH-8780-ENG.pdf
  • Fact #121

    The majority of smokers begin before the age of 18 (nearly 87% before age 18, and nearly 94% before age 20).

    Fact #121

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    The majority of smokers begin before the age of 18 (nearly 87% before age 18, and nearly 94% before age 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
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    One tobacco company brainstormed reaching its target consumer from ice cream trucks.

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    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 #240

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

    Fact #240

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    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 #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
    Source:

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

    URL: http://1.usa.gov/128GeX0
    Source:

    Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

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

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