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Cigarettes aren’t biodegradable — which means they don’t fully break down over time.
Source: "The Environment vs Cigarettes." Quit Smoking Community. 27 Nov. 2013.
Even if you dump the tobacco from the center of a flavored cigar, there’s still tobacco — and nicotine, which is addictive — in the wrap.
Source: Cooper, Ziva D., and Margaret Haney. “Comparison of Subjective, Pharmacokinetic, and Physiologic Effects of Marijuana Smoked as Joints and Blunts.” Drug and alcohol dependence 103.3 (2009): 107–113. PMC. Web. 7 May 2018.
In 1985, one tobacco company brainstormed the idea of reaching younger adult customers in record stores.
Source: "XG BRAINSTORMING NYC, 2/26." Truth Tobacco Industry Documents. 26 Feb. 1985. Report.
In 1989, one tobacco company's ideas for reaching minority customers included to "be seen as a friend," "build on black history," and "help them find jobs."
Source: "Salem Black Initiative Program Brand Team Ideation Session." Truth Tobacco Industry Documents. 03 Aug. 1989. Report.
Big Tobacco grew genetically engineered tobacco plants with 2X the natural levels of nicotine.
Source: Lewan T. Dark secrets of tobacco company exposed, 1998
There's hydrogen cyanide in rat poison. The same stuff is in cigarette smoke.
Source: "Smoking and Tobacco Control." U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute. Risks Associated with Smoking Cigarettes with Low Machine-Measured Yields of Tar and Nicotine, 19 Nov. 2001. 56, 176, 251.
Human sweat contains urea and ammonia. Urea is added to cigarettes.
Source: Covington, and Burling. "Summary Of Data On Urea." Truth Tobacco Industry Documents, 17 Apr. 1986. Excerpt.
Formaldehyde is found in cigarette smoke. It's also used to preserve dead animals.
Source: "Smoking and Tobacco Control." U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute. Risks Associated with Smoking Cigarettes with Low Machine-Measured Yields of Tar and Nicotine, Oct. 2001.
A tobacco executive said that smoking is only as addictive as "sugar and salt and internet access."
Source: Freiberg, M. "The Verdict Is In: Findings from United States v. Philip Morris." Tobacco Control Legal Consortium, 2006: 3.