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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
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 2006, a judge ruled that Big Tobacco had been engaged in a 50-year-long scheme to deceive the public about the dangers of smoking. Lies suck too.
Source: "Judge rules against Big Tobacco." CNN Money. 18 Aug. 2006. Web.
Toxins seep out of cigarette butts, which contaminate water.
Source: Barnes, Richard L. “Regulating the Disposal of Cigarette Butts as Toxic Hazardous Waste.” Tobacco Control 20.Suppl_1 (2011): i45–i48. PMC. Web. 22 Mar. 2017.
Big Tobacco makes $37B a year selling cigarettes to people with mental health issues. *
Source: * Calculation based off of WSJ (April 2017) article. Wall Street Journal ; Against All Odds, the U.S. Tobacco Industry is Rolling in Money
Big Tobacco once said people “entering stressful situations, e.g., starting a new job or entering the military” often start to smoke or smoke more. They targeted their products to the US military.
Source: PM, PHILIP MORRIS,DUNN,WL JR,SCHORI,TR. SMOKING BEHAVIOR AND STRESS. 1971 November. Philip Morris Records.
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.
The most common causes of death among people with mental illness are heart disease, cancer, and lung disease, which can all be caused by smoking.
Source: Tobacco Use Among Adults with Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders (Secondary Source CDC Report)
Stores near high schools with higher African American enrollment had more menthol cigarette advertisements and cheaper Newport cigarettes than stores near high schools with higher white enrollment.
Source: Nicotine Tob Res. 2012 Jan;14(1):116-21. doi: 10.1093/ntr/ntr122. Epub 2011 Jun 24.
Fact: 81% of youth who have ever used tobacco started with a flavored product.
Source: "Flavored Tobacco Product Use in Youth and Adults: Findings From the First Wave of the PATH Study (2013–2014)." American Journal of Preventative Medicine, 2017.