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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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From 1965-2009, there have been 103,355 tobacco-related infant deaths in the U.S.

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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In 1974, a tobacco company explored targeting customers as young as 14.

Source: "RJR Domestic Operating Goals and Assumptions." Truth Tobacco Industry Documents. 21 Nov. 1974. Document.
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"If they're really really not selling to children, we're all going to be out of business." -Tobacco Company Exec, 1998

Source: "Salem Black Initiative Program Brand Team Ideation Session." Truth Tobacco Industry Documents. 03 Aug. 1989. Report.
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34.1% of middle 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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How do infants avoid secondhand smoke? "At some point they begin to crawl." –Tobacco Executive, 1996.

Source: "Trial testimony of MICHAEL WAYNE OGDEN, Ph.D., March 17, 2005, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. PHILIP MORRIS USA INC." Truth Tobacco Industry Documents. 17 March 2005: 89.
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In 2005, the vast majority of secondary school students who used smokeless tobacco were male.

Source: Eaton, D., et al. "Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance --- United States, 2005." CDC. 09 June 2006. 55: 1-108. Table 26.
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Tobacco companies actually went to court to fight for the right to keep tobacco advertising near high schools. They won. Congrats, Big Tobacco!

Source: "Lorillard Tobacco Co., et al., Petitioners v. Thomas F. Reilly, Attorney General of Massachusetts; Altadis U.S.A. Inc., et al., Petitioners v. Thomas F. Reilly, Attorney General of Massachuetts." Supreme Court of the United States. 00-596, 00-597. 2000. Court Brief.
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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.
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Maternal smoking during pregnancy and exposure to secondhand smoke in infancy increases the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

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. Smoking-Attributable Morbidity, Mortality, and Economic Costs. 2014. Report.
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