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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.
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.
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.
One study found that half of people who try cigarettes in college still smoke 4 years later.
Source: Wetter, David W., et al. "Prevalence and Predictors of Transitions in Smoking Behavior Among College Students." American Psychological Association. 2004. 23(2): 168–177. Article.
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.
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.
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.
Cigarette companies advertised "light" cigarettes as less harmful to the smoker, although they can deliver the same levels of tar and nicotine.
Source: National Cancer Institute. "Risks Associated with Smoking Cigarettes with Low Machine-Measured Yields of Tar and Nicotine." Bethesda, MD: "Smoking and Tobacco Control." U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute. Bethesda, MD. Risks Associated with Smoking Cigarettes with Low Machine-Measured Yields of Tar and Nicotine. 19 Nov. 2001. 21, 245-246.
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
More than 10 million cigarettes per minute were smoked around the world every single day in 2016.
Source: The Tobacco Atlas. Consumption. https://tobaccoatlas.org/topic/consumption/. (**Internal calculation - cigs smoked/min daily for 2016 is 10.8M : 5.7 trillion smoked in 2016, 5.7 trillion/365/24/60 = 10.8M per minute)