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Big Tobacco makes $37B a year selling cigarettes to people with mental health issues. *

Source: * Calculation based off of WSJ (April 2017) article. Wall Street Journal ; Against All Odds, the U.S. Tobacco Industry is Rolling in Money
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Big Tobacco gave free cigarettes to psychiatric facilities.

Source: Prochaska, J. J., Hall, S. M., & Bero, L. A. (2008). Tobacco Use Among Individuals With Schizophrenia: What Role Has the Tobacco Industry Played? Schizophrenia Bulletin, 34(3), 555–567. http://doi.org/10.1093/schbul/sbm117
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In the 50’s, Big Tobacco went into low-income neighborhoods and housing projects to hand out free cigarettes. Some went to children as young as 9 years old.

Source: WILLIE EVANS v. LORILLARD TOBACCO COMPANY. Superior Court of Massachusetts, County. WILLIE EVANS, as Executor of the Estate of Marie R. Evans, Plaintiff v. LORILLARD TOBACCO COMPANY, Defendant ; CIVIL ACTION NO: 2004–2840–B ; September 01, 2011
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According to a U.S. Department of Defense memo, 38% of military smokers start after enlisting.

Source: Odani S, Agaku IT, Graffunder CM, Tynan MA, Armour BS. Tobacco Product Use Among Military Veterans — United States, 2010–2015. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 12 Jan 2018;67:7–12.
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In the US, 540,000 people die a tobacco-related death every year.

Source: "Smoking and Mortality — Beyond Established Causes." NEJM. Brian D. Carter, M.P.H., Christian C. Abnet, Ph.D., Diane Feskanich, Sc.D., Neal D. Freedman, Ph.D., Patricia Hartge, Sc.D., Cora E. Lewis, M.D., Judith K. Ockene, Ph.D., Ross L. Prentice, Ph.D., Frank E. Speizer, M.D., Michael J. Thun, M.D., and Eric J. Jacobs, Ph.D., 12 Feb. 2015.
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In 2001, 12-14 year olds were more likely to report having seen smoking on TV and movies than were 18-24 year olds.

Source: "Preventing Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young Adults: A Report of the Surgeon General, 2012." U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, CDC, Public Health Service, Office of the Surgeon General. 2012. Report.
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Dogs and cats are twice as likely to get cancer if their owner smokes.

Source: Reif, John, Christa Bruns, and Kimberly Lower. “Cancer of the Nasal Cavity and Paranasal Sinuses and Exposure to Environmental Tobacco Smoke in Pet Dogs.” American Journal of Epidemiology. 147(5). 1998. Web.
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In 1985, a tobacco industry brainstorming session came up with the idea of reaching their "younger adult smokers" in candy stores.

Source: "XG Brainstorming." Truth Tobacco Industry Documents, 26 Feb. 1985: 1-40. Report.
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39.2% of high school students report seeing advertisements for tobacco products on the Internet.

Source: "Tobacco Use, Access, and Exposure to Tobacco in Media Among Middle School and High School Students-- United States, 2004." CDC. 01 Apr. 2005: 54(12) 297-301. Web.
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In 1989, one tobacco company's ideas for reaching minority customers included to "be seen as a friend," "build on black history," and "help them find jobs."

Source: "Salem Black Initiative Program Brand Team Ideation Session." Truth Tobacco Industry Documents. 03 Aug. 1989. Report.
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In an effort to market to African Americans in the 80s, one tobacco company said their brand "must be seen as authentic" and "not as a big white company's tactic to sell to blacks."

Source: "Salem Black Initiative Program Brand Team Ideation Session." Truth Tobacco Industry Documents. 03 Aug. 1989. Report.
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