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Smokeless tobacco is addictive.

Source: "The Health Consequences of Using Smokeless Tobacco: A Report of the Advisory Committee to the Surgeon General." U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, NIH Pub. Bethesda, MD. Apr. 1986. Report.
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Big Tobacco once proposed a brand targeting younger smokers, called Kestrel. A kestrel is a bird that preys on small rodents.

Source: George-Perutz, Andrew. "Project Screen (Kestrel, Heron, Nightingale)." Truth Tobacco Industry Documents. 20 Jan. 1989. Letter.
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Around 375,000 stores in the U.S. sell tobacco products. 

Source: Center for Public Health Systems Science. Point-of-Sale Report to the Nation: The Tobacco Retail and Policy Landscape, 2014.
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Back in the day, Big tobacco exposed sheep to smoke by sticking tracheotomy tubes down their throats.

Source: "Exposure of Sheep to Smoke by way of a Tracheostomy Tube." Truth Tobacco Industry Documents. Oct. 1970. Chart, Graph.
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In internal documents, Big Tobacco identified people with a sense of “powerlessness,” as opportunities to capitalize on.

Source: Fabian Linden of The Conference Board provided this to the RJR Marketing Development Department (quoted in this internal memo)
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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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Fish can be unintentionally killed if their owner smokes. Gulp.

Source: Axelrod, Herbert R. et al. Dr. Axelrod’s Mini-Atlas of Freshwater Aquarium Fish. 1987 p. 827.
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620 people die each year in the U.S. from smoking-related fires.

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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African Americans are less likely to successfully quit smoking than white Americans.

Source: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR): Quitting Smoking Among Adults --- United States, 2001--2010 ; Center for Disease Control and Prevention ; November 11, 2011
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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.
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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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