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Smokers earn 20% less than non-smokers.

Source: Hotchkiss, Julie L., and Melinda Pitts. "Even One Is Too Much: The Economic Consequences of Being a Smoker." Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, July 2013.

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.

An estimated 1.69 BILLION pounds of butts wind up as toxic trash each year.

Source: "Cigarette Butts Are Toxic Waste." California Department of Public Health. 2015. Web.

In the US, 21% of middle school and 16% of high school students who smoke, smoke Newport, a predominantly menthol brand.

Source: Perks SN, Armour B, Agaku IT. Cigarette Brand Preference and Pro-Tobacco Advertising Among Middle and High School Students — United States, 2012–2016. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2 Feb 2018;67:119–124.

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.

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.