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Cigarette companies advertised "light" cigarettes as less harmful to the smoker, although they can deliver the same levels of tar and nicotine.
Source: National Cancer Institute. "Risks Associated with Smoking Cigarettes with Low Machine-Measured Yields of Tar and Nicotine." Bethesda, MD: "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. 21, 245-246.
LGBTQ young adults are nearly twice as likely to use tobacco.
Source: "This Free Life Campaign." FDA. U.S. Food and Drug Administration, 2 May 2016.
Nearly 95% of regular smokers start by the age of 21.
Source: The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress: A Report of the Surgeon General. National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (US) Office on Smoking and Health. Atlanta (GA): Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US); 2014.
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
48.4% of middle school smokers and 54% of high school smokers smoke menthols.
Source: Truth Initiative, Menthol Fact Sheet. December 2018.
According to a U.S. Department of Defense memo, 38% of military smokers start after enlisting.
Source: Odani S, Agaku IT, Graffunder CM, Tynan MA, Armour BS. Tobacco Product Use Among Military Veterans — United States, 2010–2015. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 12 Jan 2018;67:7–12.
Nicotine has been found in the breast milk of animals exposed to tobacco.
Source: "The Health Consequences of Smoking: A Report of the Surgeon General." CDC. Reproductive Effects. 564. Report.
In the US, 540,000 people die a tobacco-related death every year.
Source: "Smoking and Mortality — Beyond Established Causes." NEJM. Brian D. Carter, M.P.H., Christian C. Abnet, Ph.D., Diane Feskanich, Sc.D., Neal D. Freedman, Ph.D., Patricia Hartge, Sc.D., Cora E. Lewis, M.D., Judith K. Ockene, Ph.D., Ross L. Prentice, Ph.D., Frank E. Speizer, M.D., Michael J. Thun, M.D., and Eric J. Jacobs, Ph.D., 12 Feb. 2015.