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88% of youth had no clue smokers earn 20% less cash than non-smokers.

Source: Truth Initiative’s Media Monitoring Survey

During 2005-2009, smoking-attributable productivity losses totaled $150.7 billion per year.

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 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.

Big Tobacco paid retailers a combined $294 million in 2014 to sell and display tobacco products in their stores. 

Source: 1. U.S. Federal Trade Commission. Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Cigarette Report for 2014. Washington, DC: Federal Trade Commission, 2016 Federal Trade Commission. Federal Trade Commission, /reports/federal-tradecommission- cigarette-report-2014-federal-trade-commission-smokeless-tobacco-report/ftc_cigarette_report_2014.pdf; 2. FTC, Smokeless Tobacco Report for 2014. Washington, DC: Federal Trade Commission, 2016, /reports/federal-trade-commission-cigarette-report-2014-federal-trade-commission-smokeless-tobacco-report/ftc_smokeless_tobacco_report_2014.pdf [Data for top 5 manufacturers only]. /Influencing-Youth-at-Point-of-Sale-Facts-Sheet.pdf

Low-income neighborhoods are more likely to have tobacco retailers near schools than other neighborhoods

Source: D’Angelo, Heather, Alice Ammerman, Penny Gordon-Larsen, Laura Linnan, Leslie Lytle, and Kurt M. Ribisl. "Sociodemographic Disparities in Proximity of Schools to Tobacco Outlets and Fast-Food Restaurants." American Journal of Public Health 106.9 (2016): 1556-562.

During Desert Storm, Big Tobacco sent Marlboro-branded merch to troops deployed in Saudi Arabia.

Source: Smith, E. A., & Malone, R. E. (2009). Tobacco Promotion to Military Personnel: “The Plums Are Here to Be Plucked.” Military Medicine, 174(8), 797–806.

Most cigarette filters are made of plastic, not cotton (like your shirt)

Source: Fundamental Research Centre,Luke, JA. Degradability of Filter Materials and Plastics Packaging. 1991 September 20. British American Tobacco.

Higher smoking rates are associated with lower education levels.

Source: "Cigarette Smoking Among Adults and Trends in Smoking Cessation -- United States, 2008." CDC. 13 Nov. 2009. 58(44): 1227. Report.

Cigarette companies increased its spending on advertisements and promotions from 8.05 billion in 2010 to 8.37 billion in 2011.

Source: "Federal Trade Commission Cigarette Report for 2011." Washington, DC: Federal Trade Commission. 2013. Report.

In the past, Big Tobacco has compared the addictiveness of cigarettes with coffee.

Source: "Hearing Of The House Energy & Commerce Committee Subcommittee On Health And The Environment, On Nicotine And Cigarettes." Truth Tobacco Industry Documents. 14 Apr. 1994. Deposition.

In 1997, a Big Tobacco executive once said, under oath, that he believed Gummy Bears were addictive like cigarettes.

Source: "Norma R. Broin, et al., Plaintiffs, Vs. Philip Morris Companies, Inc., Defendants. Case No. 91-49738 CA 22. Howard A. Engle, M.D., et al., Plaintiffs, Vs. RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company, Etc., et al., Defendants. Case No. 94-08273 CA 20." Truth Tobacco Industry Documents. 17 Apr. 1997. Deposition.