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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 1997, one tobacco company CEO said he would probably "instantly" shut his doors "to get a better hold on things" if it were proved to his satisfaction that smoking causes cancer. That same company now admits on their website that smoking causes cancer, but they're still open for business.
Source: "In the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Court in and for Palm Beach County, Florida Case No. CL 95-1466 AH The State of Florida, et al., Plaintiff, Vs. The American Tobacco Company, et al., Defendants. Deposition of Geoffrey C. Bible Taken at the Instance of Plaintiffs." Truth Tobacco Industry Documents. 21 Aug. 1997. Deposition.
Tobacco companies have been targeting women with their advertising for the last 80 years.
Source: "Women and Smoking: Report of the Surgeon General." CDC. Factors Influencing Tobacco Use Among Women, 2001. 44, 96. Report.
Because of the tobacco industry's products, about 353 people in the U.S. die of lung cancer every day.
Source: "Tobacco Use. Targeting The Nations Leading Killer: At A Glance 2010." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. Atlanta, GA: 2. Web.
There are 11 known human carcinogens in cigarette 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. Oct. 2001.
In 1989, one tobacco company's ideas for reaching minority customers included to "be seen as a friend," "build on black history," and "help them find jobs."
Source: "Salem Black Initiative Program Brand Team Ideation Session." Truth Tobacco Industry Documents. 03 Aug. 1989. Report.
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.
In 2006, a judge ruled that Big Tobacco had been engaged in a 50-year-long scheme to deceive the public about the dangers of smoking. Lies suck too.
Source: "Judge rules against Big Tobacco." CNN Money. 18 Aug. 2006. Web.
Toluene is found in cigarette smoke. Toluene is also found in gasoline.
Source: McKeown, N J. "Toluene Toxicity." Medscape, 01 Feb. 2015. Web.
Ammonia is in tobacco smoke. It's also used to clean toilets.
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: 178.