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34.1% of middle school students report seeing advertisements for tobacco products on the Internet.
Source: "Tobacco Use, Access, and Exposure to Tobacco in Media Among Middle School and High School Students-- United States, 2004." CDC. 01 Apr. 2005: 54(12) 297-301. Web.
In 1981, one tobacco company document said, "Hispanic men still strive to project a macho image."
Source: "Salem Black Initiative Program Brand Team Ideation Session." Truth Tobacco Industry Documents. 03 Aug. 1989. Report.
A tobacco executive said that smoking is only as addictive as "sugar and salt and internet access."
Source: Freiberg, M. "The Verdict Is In: Findings from United States v. Philip Morris." Tobacco Control Legal Consortium, 2006: 3.
Cigarette smoke contains about 7,000 chemicals.
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. Other Specific Outcomes, 2014. Report.
In 2010, 52.4% of U.S. smokers quit for at least a day.
Source: "Quitting Smoking Among Adults --- United States, 2001--2010." CDC. 11 Nov. 2011. 60(44): 1513-1519. Web.
Only 7% of teens still smoke. That's less than the number of landlines still in use.
Source: Johnston, L. D., O’Malley, P. M., Miech, R. A., Bachman, J. G., & Schulenberg, J. E. (2015). Monitoring the Future national results on drug use: 1975-2015: Overview, Key Findings on Adolescent Drug Use. Ann Arbor: Institute for Social Research, The University of Michigan.
Of current smokers in the U.S., 384,000 have had a stroke from smoking.
Source: "Cigarette Smoking Attributable Morbidity - United States, 2000." CDC. 52(35). 2003: 842-844. Table.
In 1993, one tobacco company executive thought it would be a good idea to have his employees mail "grassroots" complaints to airlines about their smoking bans, pretending to be regular customers.
Source: Legacy Tobacco Documents Library, Philip Morris Collection, 1993. Page 1. Access Date: October 21, 2005. Bates No: 2024203673 Fact Created: 6/4/1998
The tobacco industry spends $26 million each day marketing its products in the U.S. alone.
Source: "Federal Trade Commission Cigarette Report for 2012." Federal Trade Commission. 2015.