Join
truth

The Facts

Nothin’ but the cold, hard, truth.

    • big tobacco
    • marketing
    • youth
    • infographic

    Big Tobacco once proposed a brand targeting younger smokers, called Kestrel. A kestrel is a bird that preys on small rodents.

    Source:

    Project Screen (Kestrel, Heron, Nightingale). Legacy Tobacco Documents Library. Document date: 1/20/1989. Bates no: 302006810-302006811. Date added UCSF: 8/27/09 -

    URL: http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/iui66b00/pdf?search=%22kestrel%20youth%22
  • Fact #264

    Some--but not all--e-cig vapors have been found to contain formaldehyde. Which is used to preserve dead animals. Yum.

    Fact #264

    • e-cig
    • ingredients

    Some--but not all--e-cig vapors have been found to contain formaldehyde. Which is used to preserve dead animals. Yum.

  • 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 #126

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

    Fact #126

    • women
    • death
    • stats

    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 #157

    In 1985, a tobacco industry brainstorming session came up with the idea of reaching their "younger adult smokers" in candy stores.

    Fact #157

    • big tobacco
    • marketing
    • youth

    In 1985, a tobacco industry brainstorming session came up with the idea of reaching their "younger adult smokers" in candy stores.

    Source:

    XG BRAINSTORMING NYC, 2/26.
    Legacy Tobacco Documents Library.
    RJ Reynolds. February 26, 1985.
    Access Date: June 6, 2006
    Bates Number: 505412643/2682

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

    BRIEFING DOCUMENT FOR PROJECT XG BRAINSTORMING SESSION.
    Legacy Tobacco Documents Library. RJ Reynolds
    February 20, 1985.
    Access Date: June 6, 2006.
    Bates Number: 504043244/3248

    URL: http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/dog75d00/pdf
    Source:

    1985 calendar shows February 26, the date on the document below, was a Tuesday.

    URL: http://www.infoplease.com/calendar.php?year=1985&yview=1
  • Fact #244

    In 1981, one tobacco company document said, "Hispanic men still strive to project a macho image."

    Fact #244

    • Tobacco Files
    • Race
    • big tobacco

    In 1981, one tobacco company document said, "Hispanic men still strive to project a macho image."

    Source:

    Salem Black Initiative Program Brand Team Ideation Session." Legacy Tobacco Documents Library. RJ Reynolds. August 13, 1989.

    Source:

    Bates No: 507137652/7666

    URL: http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/wug34d00
  • Fact #184

    Cinnemaldyhyde is found in cigarettes. Cinnemaldehyde is also found in pet repellant.

    Fact #184

    • ingredients
    • cigarettes

    Cinnemaldyhyde is found in cigarettes. Cinnemaldehyde is also found in pet repellant.

    Source:

    Philip Morris USA Online. Products. Tobacco Flavor and Ingredients. Alphabetical List, No. 17.

    URL: http://www.pmusa.com/en/cms/Products/Cigarettes/Ingredients/Tobacco_Flavor_Ingredients/default.aspx?src=top_nav
    Source:

    Cinnemaldyhyde is in pet repellent

    US Environmental Protection Agency. Pesticides: Regulating Pesticides. Biopesticides. Active Ingredient Index P-S.

    URL: http://1.usa.gov/YW4EN3
    • Infographic
    • ingredients

    Hydrogen cyanide has been used in prison executions. It's also found in cigarette smoke.

    Source:

    Hydrogen cyanide 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. Pages 56 and 176 of 251.
    Category: Ingredients
    Fact Created: 11/10/2004

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

    Hydrogen cyanide has been used in prison executions.
    Cyanide Compounds: Hazard Summary. US Environmental Protection Agency. April 1992.
    Access Date: June 14, 2005. Page 1.

    URL: http://www.epa.gov/ttn/atw/hlthef/cyanide.html
  • Fact #137

    Every year, 439,000 loyal tobacco customers in the U.S. are awarded with premature death.

    Fact #137

    • law suit
    • death
    • addiction

    Every year, 439,000 loyal tobacco customers in the U.S. are awarded with premature death.

    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 #163

    Tobacco companies' products kill about 40,000 people every month. That's more lives thrown away than there are public garbage cans in NYC.

    Fact #163

    • death
    • stats

    Tobacco companies' products kill about 40,000 people every month. That's more lives thrown away than there are public garbage cans in NYC.

    Source:

    480,000/12=40,000 vs 25,000
    Sources: 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
    Source:

    City of New York - Department of Sanitation 2011 DSNY Annual Report

    URL: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dsny/downloads/pdf/pubinfo/annual/ar2011.pdf
  • Fact #43

    Hydrogen cyanide is in tobacco smoke. Hydrogen cyanide exposure causes cardiovascular and respiratory illness.

    Fact #43

    • ingredients
    • disease

    Hydrogen cyanide is in tobacco smoke. Hydrogen cyanide exposure causes cardiovascular and respiratory illness.

    Source:

    Hydrogen cyanide 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.

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

    Hydrogen cyanide cardiovascular and respiratory effects

    US Department of Health and Human Services. Medical Management Guidelines for Hydrogen Cyanide.

    URL: http://1.usa.gov/15NIgL1
  • 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
    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
    • ingredients
    • cigarettes

    Formaldehyde is found in cigarette smoke. It's also used to preserve dead animals.

    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:

    CDC Controlling Formaldehyde Exposures During Embalming
    25-Feb-99
    Access Date: October 25, 2005

    URL: http://1.usa.gov/X8PW7C
  • Fact #168

    Every day, tobacco-related disease kills about 553 women in the US.

    Fact #168

    • women
    • stats
    • death

    Every day, tobacco-related disease kills about 553 women in the US.

    Source:

    201,770 / 365 = 552.8
    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 #40

    In the U.S., 113,100 people die from smoking-related pulmonary diseases each year (pneumonia, influenza, emphysema, bronchitis, and chronic airways obstruction).

    Fact #40

    • stats
    • death
    • disease

    In the U.S., 113,100 people die from smoking-related pulmonary diseases each year (pneumonia, influenza, emphysema, bronchitis, and chronic airways obstruction).

    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 #263

    E-cigarettes are smoke-free and tobacco-free, but not all are nicotine-free--even though some claim to be.

    Fact #263

    • e-cig
    • ingredients

    E-cigarettes are smoke-free and tobacco-free, but not all are nicotine-free--even though some claim to be.

    • stats
    • cancer
    • infographic

    Cigarette smokers are 20 times more likely to develop lung cancer than non-smokers.

    Source:

    Holden DJ, Hund LM, Gable JM, Mowery P. Legacy First Look Report 11. Youth Tobacco Cessation: Results from the 2000 National Youth Tobacco Survey. Washington dc: American Legacy Foundation. July 2003.
    Category: Quitting Smoking. Page 7 of 35.

    URL: http://bit.ly/LUcUrv
  • Fact #101

    In the US, smoking-attributable productivity losses for men are approximately $105.6 billion per year.

    Fact #101

    • money

    In the US, smoking-attributable productivity losses for men are approximately $105.6 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

JOIN THE REVOLUTION

Sign up to get new missions, track your impact, and maybe even win some prizes to help you Finish It

Join Us