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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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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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In a file from 1978, Big Tobacco described cancer as "an essential ingredient of life." Wait, they're talking about cancer, right?

Source: "A Public Relations Strategy for the Tobacco Advisory Council Appraisal & Proposals Prepared by Campbell-Johnson Ltd." Truth Tobacco Industry Documents. 20 Nov. 1978. Report.
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In the past, Big Tobacco has compared the addictiveness of cigarettes with M&M's.

Source: "The State of Minnesota By Hubert H. Humphrey, III, Its Attorney General, vs. Philip Morris Incorporated. Deposition of Calude E. Teague, Jr. With Exhibits 1088-1100 Plus Exhibit A." Truth Tobacco Industry Documents. 08 Jul. 1997. Deposition.
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In 1988, one tobacco company brainstormed the idea of a colored cigarette to "enhance wardrobe."

Source: "Attachment #1. Flavor Division Planning Meeting March 25, 1988 (880325)." Truth Tobacco Industry Documents, 25 Mar. 1988. Agenda.
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Street artists create art and get arrested. Tobacco companies make products that kill people and walk away scot-free. Little backwards, huh?

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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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.
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Big Tobacco disproportionately targeted the LGBTQ community. They even used “pride” in their advertisements. 

Source: "How the Tobacco Industry Has Targeted the LGBT Community for Decades." ATTN.com; 13 Jan 2017.
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One half of all lifetime smokers will die prematurely as a result of smoking.

Source: "The Health Consequences of Smoking." CDC. 2004. 873. Report.
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