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In 1995, 43% of teens in West Virginia smoked. Today, only 16.2% of teens in West Virginia smoke. Damn, West Virginia teens are killing it at living.
Source: West Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources. Addressing Tobacco Use and Its Associated Health Conditions in West Virginia. Charleston, WV: West Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources, Bureau for Public Health, West Virginia Division for Tobacco Prevention, Office of Community Health Services and Health Promotion, 2016.
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.
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.
Studies show that people seeking treatment for nicotine dependence alongside substance abuse are more likely to be successful.
Source: Baca & Yahne, 2008; Prochaska et al., Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 2004.
In the past, a report done by Big Tobacco noted that “raising the legal minimum age for cigarette purchaser to 21 could gut our key young adult market.”
Source: DISCUSSION DRAFT SOCIOPOLITICAL STRATEGY. 1986 January 21. Philip Morris Records. Unknown. https://www.industrydocumentslibrary.ucsf.edu/tobacco/docs/zswh0127
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.
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.
In the U.S. in 2012, 73.9% of people with at least a college degree who had ever smoked reported that they had successfully quit.
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.
In 2010, 52.4% of U.S. smokers quit for at least a day.
Source: "Quitting Smoking Among Adults --- United States, 2001--2010." CDC. 11 Nov. 2011. 60(44): 1513-1519. 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.
Florida recorded its lowest teen smoking rate ever in 2016, 5.2%!
Source: Florida Health. (2017). Celebrating 10 Successful Years [Fact sheet]. Retrieved from http://tobaccofreeflorida.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/TFF10Years.pdf