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In the US, 21% of middle school and 16% of high school students who smoke, smoke Newport, a predominantly menthol brand.

Source: Perks SN, Armour B, Agaku IT. Cigarette Brand Preference and Pro-Tobacco Advertising Among Middle and High School Students — United States, 2012–2016. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2 Feb 2018;67:119–124.
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Of former smokers in the U.S., 1,755,000 have had a heart attack from smoking.

Source: "Cigarette Smoking-Attributable Morbidity --- United States, 2000." CDC. 05 Sept. 2003. 52(35): 842-844. Table.
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Tobacco products are the only legal consumer product that can kill people when used as intended.

Source: "Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI). WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic, 2008 - The MPOWER package." World Health Organization. 2009: 15. Web.
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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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Over 16 million Americans live with tobacco-related illnesses.

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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Of former smokers in the U.S., 138,000 have lung cancer from smoking.

Source: "Cigarette Smoking Attributable Morbidity - United States, 2000." CDC. 05 Sept. 2003. 52(35): 842-844. Table.
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In the U.S., 113,100 people die from smoking-related pulmonary diseases each year (pneumonia, influenza, emphysema, bronchitis, and chronic airways obstruction).

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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There is no level or amount of exposure to secondhand smoke that is “risk-free.”

Source: “Smokefree Policies Improve Health.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 Dec. 2016,
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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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Even brief contact with secondhand smoke can cause harm.

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. A Report of the Surgeon General: How Tobacco Smoke Causes Disease: What It Means to You. 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, 2010.
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