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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
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.
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. https://www.industrydocumentslibrary.ucsf.edu/tobacco/docs/zswh0127
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.