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People with serious mental illness are more likely to smoke, putting them at risk for smoking-related cancer, lung disease, and cardiovascular disease.

Source: American Psychological Association; Kirsten Weir ; Home // Monitor on Psychology // June 2013 Monitor on Psychology // Smoking and mental illness
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Because nicotine from smokeless tobacco is absorbed through the mouth, it takes longer to produce an effect than if it were absorbed through the lungs. But using cigarettes and smokeless tobacco really do result in the same amount of nicotine intake.

Source: "Youth and Tobacco: Preventing Tobacco Use among Young People. A Report of the Surgeon General." Department of Health and Human Services. Washington, DC. 33. Web.
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An average of 4.5mg of nicotine is absorbed from 7.9g of chewing tobacco and an average of 3.6mg of nicotine is absorbed from 2.5g moist snuff.

Source: Severson, H.H. "What Have We Learned From 20 Years of Research on Smokeless Tobacco Cessation?" American Journal of Medical Sciences. 326(4). Oct. 2003: 206-211. Web.
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1 out of 3 smokers begin smoking before the age of 14.

Source: Mowery PD, et al. "Legacy First Look Report 3 Pathways to Established smoking: Results from the 1999 National Youth Tobacco Survey." Truth Tobacco Industry Documents. Oct. 2000. Report.
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Nicotine reaches the brain 10-20 seconds after smoke is inhaled.

Source: "The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress. A Report of the Surgeon General." 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. Nicotine, 2014. Report.
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One cigarette company biologically engineered tobacco plants to have twice the normal level of nicotine.

Source: "A Report of the Surgeon General." U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health. Other Effects. 2004: 616. Report.
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Each year only 6.2% of smokers succeed in quitting.

Source: "Quitting Smoking Among Adults --- United States, 2001--2010." CDC. 11 Nov. 2011. 60(44): 1513-1519. Web.
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Nicotine is addictive.

Source: "The Health Consequences of Smoking: Nicotine Addiction: A Report of the Surgeon General." National Library of Medicine. Center for Health Promotion and Education. Office on Smoking and Health. 1988. Web.
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Adolescents who use smokeless tobacco are more likely to become cigarette smokers.

Source: "Preventing Tobacco Use Among Young People: A Report of the Surgeon General." U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevetion, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health. 17. Web.
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In the past, Big Tobacco has compared the addictiveness of cigarettes with that of television.

Source: "Hearing Of The House Energy & Commerce Committee Subcommittee On Health And The Environment, On Nicotine And Cigarettes." Truth Tobacco Industry Documents. 14 Apr. 1994. Deposition.
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