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Owensboro, Kentucky, a small town in the heart of tobacco country, banned cigarette smoking in all public places.
Source: "Smoking Ordinance 23-2014. Frequently Asked Questions." City of Owensboro. Owensboro, KY. Web.
RJ Reynolds, the maker of Camel cigarettes, banned smoking in their offices.
Source: The Associated Press. "Maker of Camel Cigarettes to End Smoking in Its Offices." The New York Times. 22 Oct. 2014. Web.
In the U.S., 60.9% of students who ever smoked cigarettes daily tried to quit smoking cigarettes
Source: "High School Students Who Tried to Quit Smoking Cigarettes --- United States, 2007." CDC. Atlanta, GA. 58(16). 01 May 2009: 428-431. Web.
The number of tobacco farms in the U.S. has gone from 415,315 in 1959 to 10,014 today.
Source: "Tobacco-Farms and Acres, by Acres Harvested, Quantity Harvested, and Value of Crop for Tobacco, for Selected States: 1964 and 1959." U.S. Department of Agriculture. Table 59.
Back in 2003, there was only one lonely smoke-free college campus. Now, there are 1,475!
Source: "Smokefree and Tobacco-Free Colleges and Universities." Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights. Berkeley, CA. Web.
In 1995, 43% of teens in West Virginia smoked. Today, only 19.6% of teens in West Virginia smoke. Damn, West Virginia teens are killing it at living.
Source: "West Virginia, High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 2013." CDC. 2013. Survey.
Tobacco farmers are starting to grow chickpeas because of the increase in hummus sales. Support Big Hummus!
Source: "Could Hummus Put an End to Smoking?" Haaretz. 26 Nov. 2014. Web.
In 2008, 48.8% of people for whom their high school diploma was their highest level of educational attainment who have ever smoked reported that they had successfully quit.
Source: "Cigarette Smoking Among Adults and Trends in Smoking Cessation --- United States, 2008." CDC. Atlanta, GA. 58(44). 13 Nov. 2009: 1227-1232. Web.
Less than 6% of teens still smoke. That's less than the number of landlines still in use.
Source: Johnston, L. D., O’Malley, P. M., Miech, R. A., Bachman, J. G., & Schulenberg, J. E. (2015). Monitoring the Future national results on drug use: 1975-2015: Overview, Key Findings on Adolescent Drug Use. Ann Arbor: Institute for Social Research, The University of Michigan.
Florida, the home of spring break and partying till 6AM, recorded its lowest teen smoking rate ever in 2014, 7.5%!
Source: "2014 Florida Youth Tobacco Survey: Fact Sheet 1. Youth Cigarette Use." TobaccoFreeFlorida.com. 2014. Web.