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Nicotine has been found in the breast milk of animals exposed to tobacco.
Source: "The Health Consequences of Smoking: A Report of the Surgeon General." CDC. Reproductive Effects. 564. Report.
Adolescents who use smokeless tobacco are more likely to become cigarette smokers.
Source: "Preventing Tobacco Use Among Young People: A Report of the Surgeon General." U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevetion, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health. 17. Web.
Each year only 6.2% of smokers succeed in quitting.
Source: "Quitting Smoking Among Adults --- United States, 2001--2010." CDC. 11 Nov. 2011. 60(44): 1513-1519. Web.
According to tobacco21.org, If a person has reached age 21 without picking up smoking, their chances of starting are only 2%.
Source: "Healthy Towns, Healthy Kids." Tobbaco 21.org. March 2017.
In 2006, a former Russian spy was allegedly murdered using Polonium -210. This radioactive chemical is also found in cigarette smoke, a fact at least one tobacco company was aware of in 1964.
Source: Proctor, R.N. "Puffing on Polonium." The New York Times. 01 Dec. 2006. Web.
Big tobacco targeted people with mental health issues.
Source: Preparation of a Scientific American Article in How Nicotine Works in the Human Brain April 9,1993 / RJR, Smith CJR
Advertising and promotional expenditures for both cigarettes and smokeless tobacco in 2017: $9.4 billion.
Source: Federal Trade Commission. Smokeless Tobacco Report for 2017. Retrieved from https://www.ftc.gov/reports/federal-trade-commission-cigarette-report-2017-federal-trade-commission-smokeless-tobacco. Published February, 2019.
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.
In 1985, one tobacco company brainstormed targeting potential smokers in school bathrooms, playgrounds, YMCAs, and city parks.
Source: "XG BRAINSTORMING. NYC, 2126." Truth Tobacco Industry Documents. 26 Feb. 1985. Report.
A tobacco company once gave $125,000 worth of food to a charity, according to an estimate by The Wall Street Journal. Then, they spent well over $22 million telling people about it. I guess when you sell a deadly, addictive product, you need all the good PR you can get.
Source: Branch, Shelly. "Philip Morris' Ad on Macaroni and Peace - Kosoco Tale Narrows Gap Between Philanthropy, Publicity." Truth Tobacco Industry Documents. 24 Jul. 2001. Article.
Arsenic is 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. Risks Associated with Smoking Cigarettes with Low Machine-Measured Yields of Tar and Nicotine. 19 Nov. 2001: 180.