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In the 50’s, Big Tobacco went into low-income neighborhoods and housing projects to hand out free cigarettes. Some went to children as young as 9 years old.
Source: WILLIE EVANS v. LORILLARD TOBACCO COMPANY. Superior Court of Massachusetts, County. WILLIE EVANS, as Executor of the Estate of Marie R. Evans, Plaintiff v. LORILLARD TOBACCO COMPANY, Defendant ; CIVIL ACTION NO: 2004–2840–B ; September 01, 2011
69 animal and/or human carcinogens are in tobacco smoke.
Source: "Smoking and Tobacco Control." U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute. Bethesda, MD. Risks Associated with Smoking Cigarettes with Low Machine-Measured Yields of Tar and Nicotine. 19 Nov. 2001.
An average of 4.5mg of nicotine is absorbed from 7.9g of chewing tobacco and an average of 3.6mg of nicotine is absorbed from 2.5g moist snuff.
Source: Severson, H.H. "What Have We Learned From 20 Years of Research on Smokeless Tobacco Cessation?" American Journal of Medical Sciences. 326(4). Oct. 2003: 206-211. Web.
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.
In an average one-hour hookah session, you inhale 100 to 200 times as much smoke as from a single cigarette.
Source: "Waterpipe Tobacco Smoking: Health Effects, Research Needs and Recommended Actions by Regulators. WHO Study Group on Tobacco Product Regulation (TobReg)." World Health Organization. Geneva, Switzerland. 16 Sept. 2005.
Cigarettes and other smoking materials are the number one cause of fire deaths in the U.S.
Source: Hall, John R. "The Smoking Material Fire Problem." National Fire Protection Association. July 2013. Web.
Every 6 seconds, someone in the world dies from a smoking-related disease.
Source: "Tobacco Fact sheet N°339." World Health Organization. 06 July 2015. Web.
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.
It is estimated that as many as 15.9% of pregnant women and girls smoke.
Source: "Results from the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Summary of National Findings." Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Sept. 2013. 47. Figure 4.5.
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.