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A recent study found a link between vaping/smoking and the risk of COVID infection and symptoms among young people.
Source: Gaiha, S., Cheng, J., & Halpern-Felsher, B. (2020, August 11). Association Between Youth Smoking, Electronic Cigarette Use, and Coronavirus Disease 2019. Retrieved August 13, 2020.
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.
Every year, 47,000 African-Americans die of smoking-related illnesses.
Source: Robinson RG, Sutton CD, James DA, Orleans CT. Pathways to Freedom: Winning the Fight Against Tobacco. U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services, CDC; 2004.
Vaping weakens your immune system
Source: Mishra A, Chaturvedi P, Datta S, Sinukumar S, Joshi P, Garg A. Harmful effects of nicotine. Indian Journal of Medical and Paediatric Oncology : Official Journal of Indian Society of Medical & Paediatric Oncology. 2015;36(1):24-31. doi:10.4103/0971-5851.151771.
As long ago as 1969, a tobacco company executive stated that they had "taken a great many steps to avoid advertising directed to young people." Yet 10 years later, they supplied their products to be featured in The Muppet Movie.
Source: Legacy Tobacco Documents Library. American Tobacco Collection. July 22, 1969. Page: 82 of 197 in PDF. Document Type: Congressional Testimony, Legal Bates Number: 968062385/2581
Between 2010 and 2016, smoking was depicted in 34% of youth rated movies, and 71% of R-rated movies.
Source: Tynan MA, Polansky JR, Titus K, Atayeva R, Glantz SA. Tobacco Use in Top-Grossing Movies — United States, 2010–2016. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 7 Jul 2017;66:681–686.
Because nicotine from smokeless tobacco is absorbed through the mouth, it takes longer to produce an effect than if it were absorbed through the lungs. But using cigarettes and smokeless tobacco really do result in the same amount of nicotine intake.
Source: "Youth and Tobacco: Preventing Tobacco Use among Young People. A Report of the Surgeon General." Department of Health and Human Services. Washington, DC. 33. Web.
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.
As early as 1998, execs from one major tobacco company discussed "covertly" contacting graffiti artists to paint for them in key locations.
Source: "Salem: Recommendations to "Plus" New York Test." Truth Tobacco Industry Documents. 13 Aug. 1998. Report.