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1 out of 3 smokers begin smoking before the age of 14.

Source: Mowery PD, et al. "Legacy First Look Report 3 Pathways to Established smoking: Results from the 1999 National Youth Tobacco Survey." Truth Tobacco Industry Documents. Oct. 2000. Report.
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Even if someone doesn't consider themselves a smoker, every "bummed" cigarette causes damage to vital organs in the body. Give that pancreas a break.

Source: Young, Saundra. "Surgeon General report: Tobacco smoke does immediate damage." CNN. 09 Dec. 2010. Web.
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Around the 1980s, tobacco companies labeled African Americans - less educated, prefer malt liquor, have problems with their own self-esteem.

Source: "1990 (900000) New Marketing Ideas. Summary of Programs." Truth Tobacco Industry Documents, 1989. Report.
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Big Tobacco's products kill 1,300 smokers every day.

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.
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The amount the industry spent on tobacco advertising and promotion per day in 2012? $26 million per day.

Source: "Cigarette Sales Declined, Smokeless Tobacco Sales Increased From 2011 Levels." Federal Trade Commission. 27 March 2015. Web.
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One tobacco company brainstormed reaching its target consumer from ice cream trucks.

Source: "Other Ways to Reach the Target." Truth Tobacco Industry Documents. 02 Oct. 1989. Report.
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The majority of smokers begin before the age of 18 (nearly 87% before age 18, and nearly 94% before age 20).

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. 2014. Report.
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In the US, 130,659 people die each year from smoking-related lung cancer.

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.
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About one third of youth smokers will eventually die from a tobacco-related disease.

Source: Epstein, D. "Tobacco: the next World War?" Pan American Health Organization. World Health Organization. 1997. 2(2). Web.
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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.
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