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Nearly 70% of smokers say they want to quit, but only 6% are able to each year.

Source: "Cigarette Smoking Among Adults- United States, 2000." CDC, 26 July 2002. 51(29): 642-645. Web.
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On their websites, tobacco companies encourage people to quit smoking. However, in 2006, a court found that tobacco companies manipulate nicotine levels to keep smokers addicted.

Source: "United States of America, Plaintiff, and Tobacco-Free Kids Action Fund, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, and National African American Tobacco Prevention Network, Ontervenors, v. Philip Morris USA, Inc. (f/k/a Philip Morris, Inc.), et al., Defendants." United States District Court for the District of Columbia. 17 Aug. 2006: 5.
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Nicotine is as addictive as heroin, cocaine and alcohol.

Source: "International Symposium on Nicotine: The Effects of Nicotine on Biological Systems II." Google Books. Ed. Clarke, P.B.S., et al., 1994. Web.
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In the past, Big Tobacco has compared the addictiveness of cigarettes with coffee.

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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E-cigarettes have had some quality-control issues. Plus, most e-cigs contain addictive nicotine, and carcinogens have been found in some e-cig vapor. How about we get some more research and regulation up in here?

Source: Cobb, Nathan K., et al. "Novel Nicotine Delivery Systems and Public Health: The Rise of the “E-Cigarette"." American Journal of Public Health. 100(12). Dec. 2010: 2340–2342. Web.
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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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Every day, about 2,100 youth and young adults become daily smokers.

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, 2014. Report.
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Studies show that people seeking treatment for nicotine dependence alongside substance abuse are more likely to be successful.

Source: Baca & Yahne, 2008; Prochaska et al., Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 2004.
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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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In 2010, 75.6% of African Americans were interested in quitting smoking and 59.1% reported making a quit attempt.

Source: "Quitting Smoking Among Adults --- United States, 2001--2010." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 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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