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A major tobacco company visited a Pride festival to hand out coupons for cigarettes priced at $1 per pack. That’s five cents a smoke.

Source: "Newport's Pleasure Lounge Aims to Ignite Cigarette Sales." The Wall Street Journal; 13 Sept 2016.

People recovering from substance abuse are twice as likely to relapse within three years if they are a smoker.

Source: Weinberger, Andrea H., et al. “Cigarette Smoking Is Associated With Increased Risk of Substance Use Disorder Relapse: A Nationally Representative, Prospective Longitudinal Investigation.” The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, Physicians Postgraduate Press, Inc., 22 Feb. 2017.

In the 90s, Big Tobacco sent free cigarettes to troops deployed overseas during Desert Storm.

Source: Smith, E. A., & Malone, R. E. (2009). “Everywhere the Soldier Will Be”: Wartime Tobacco Promotion in the US Military. American Journal of Public Health, 99(9), 1595–1602.

E-cigarette aerosol can contain toxic metals

Source: National Academies of Sciences E, Medicine. Public Health Consequences of E-Cigarettes. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press; 2018.

In the U.S., 160,000 people die each year from smoking-related lung cancer.

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Health Consequences of Smoking: 50 Years of Progress. A Report of the Surgeon General. Atlanta, GA: 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, 2014.

About 20% of African American youth are exposed to secondhand smoke in the home.

Source: American Legacy Foundation. Secondhand Smoke--Youth Exposure and Adult Attitudes--Results from Three National Surveys. Supplemental Tables. Table S-5. Prevalence of Secondhand Smoke Exposure (Ages 12-17) -1999-2003 LMTS.

Of former smokers in the U.S., 1,154,000 have a cancer other than lung cancer from smoking.

Source: "Cigarette Smoking Attributable Morbidity - United States, 2000." CDC. 05 Sept. 2003: 52(35) 842-844. Web.

Several studies have found a greater number of tobacco advertisements in African American neighborhoods. 

Source: "Disparities and Menthol Marketing: Additional Evidence in Support of Point of Sale Policies." International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health — Open Access Journal, Anderson, 2016 ; Moreland-Russel, 2013; Rising 2011

39.2% of high school students report seeing advertisements for tobacco products on the Internet.

Source: "Tobacco Use, Access, and Exposure to Tobacco in Media Among Middle School and High School Students-- United States, 2004." CDC. 01 Apr. 2005: 54(12) 297-301. Web.

Each year, around 480,000 premature deaths are related to tobacco use. The kicker? 41,000 of those deaths are in nonsmokers who have been exposed to smoke.

Source: "Second-hand Smoke Increases Fatness, Hinders Cognition in Children." Medical Xpress. 28 Jan. 2016.

Even if you dump the tobacco from the center of a flavored cigar, there’s still tobacco — and nicotine, which is addictive — in the wrap.

Source: Cooper, Ziva D., and Margaret Haney. “Comparison of Subjective, Pharmacokinetic, and Physiologic Effects of Marijuana Smoked as Joints and Blunts.” Drug and alcohol dependence 103.3 (2009): 107–113. PMC. Web. 7 May 2018.

Smoking can lead to cataracts, the number one cause of vision loss in the world.

Source: "Surgeon General's Report. The Health Conquences of Smoking." CDC. Other Effects. 777, 779. Web.