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Each day, about 2,000 youth under 18 try a cigarette for the first time.

Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Results from the 2017 National Survey on Dru Use and Health: Detailed Tables. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, 2018.
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For approximately 50 years, tobacco companies falsely and fraudulently denied that smoking causes lung cancer and emphysema.

Source: "United States of America, Plaintiff, and Tobacco-Free Kids Action Fund, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, and Nationals African American Tobacco Prevention Network, Intervenors, and Philip Morris USA, Inc. (f/k/a Philip Morris, Inc.), et al., Defendants." United States District Court for the District of Columbia. 17 Aug. 2006: 1-4, 219, 259, 293, 330, 479, 655, 819, 1397. Document.
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Over 16 million Americans live with tobacco-related illnesses.

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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In 1985, a tobacco industry brainstorming session came up with the idea of reaching their "younger adult smokers" in candy stores.

Source: "XG Brainstorming." Truth Tobacco Industry Documents, 26 Feb. 1985: 1-40. Report.
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One cigarette company biologically engineered tobacco plants to have twice the normal level of nicotine.

Source: "A Report of the Surgeon General." U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health. Other Effects. 2004: 616. Report.
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In the U.S. alone, every day the tobacco industry spends enough money marketing its products to buy 150,000 10-karat gold grillz.

Source: "Federal Trade Commission Cigarette Report for 2007 and 2008." Federal Trade Commission. 2011. Report.
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One cigarette butt soaked in a liter of water killed half of the fish exposed in a study in a laboratory setting.

Source: Slaughter, Elli, et al."Toxicity of cigarette butts, and their chemical components, to marine and freshwater fish." Tobacco Control. 2011. Web.
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Since 1964, there have been more than 20 million premature deaths attributed to tobacco in the U.S.

Source: "The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress. A Report of the Surgeon General Executive Summary." 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 1996, the tobacco industry said that drinking one to two glasses of whole milk a day was riskier than second-hand smoke.

Source: "Second-Hand Tobacco Smoke in Perspective. What Risks Do You Take?" Truth Tobacco Industry Documents, 1994. Advertisement.
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In the U.S., 7,330 people die each year from secondhand smoke-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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