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African Americans are more likely to die from smoking-related diseases than white Americans.

Source: African Americans and Tobacco Use: Smoking & Tobacco Use ; Center for Disease Control and Prevention ; August 17, 2016
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Stores often sell cigars, little cigars, and cigarillos as singles or in multi-packs for less than a buck. 

Source: ChangeLabSolutions: Point of Sale Playbook: POLICY OPTIONS TO REGULATE THE SALE AND MARKETING OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS, 2016. http://www.changelabsolutions.org/sites/ default/files/Point_of_Sale_Playbook_FINAL_20160105.pdf
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Because of something called the ‘smoking wage gap,’ young smokers could miss out on up to $10,000 a year.

Source: United States Department of Labor. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Usual Weekly Earnings Of Wage And Salary Workers Second Quarter 2016.19 July 2016.
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Nicotine is in tobacco smoke.

Source: "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: 178.
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Cigarette smokers are 20 times more likely to develop lung cancer than non-smokers.

Source: "The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress. Surgeon General's Report." 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. Cancer, 2014: 9. Report.
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In DC, Big Tobacco advertises up to 10x more in black neighborhoods than in other neighborhoods

Source: Lee, J. G., Henriksen, L., Rose, S. W., Moreland-Russell, S., & Ribisl, K. M. (2015). A systematic review of neighborhood disparities in point-of-sale tobacco marketing. American journal of public health, 105(9), e8-e18.
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In 2014, Big Tobacco spent $7.12 billion discounting products at the "point of sale" — a.k.a. where people buy things (like the counter at a drugstore)

Source: 1. U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Cigarette Report for 2014, 2016, https://www.ftc.gov/system/files/documents /reports/federal-tradecommission- cigarette-report-2014-federal-trade-commission-smokeless-tobacco-report/ftc_cigarette_report_2014.pdf; 2. FTC, Smokeless Tobacco Report for 2014, 2016, https://www.ftc.gov/system/files/documents /reports/federal-trade-commission-cigarette-report-2014-federal-trade-commission-smokeless-tobacco-report/ftc_smokeless_tobacco_report_2014.pdf
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The overwhelming majority of smokers72%—either earn lower wages, lack health insurance and/or have less education.

Source: Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, Volume 28, Number 1, February 2017, pp. 100-107 (Article)
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1 in 4 LGBTQ individuals smoke.

Source: "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Persons and Tobacco Use." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 28 Feb. 2017.
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Cigarette companies spend almost ALL their marketing budget on discounting cigarettes. 

Source: "Federal Trade Commission Cigarette Report of 2014." Federal Trade Commission, 2016.
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