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In 2017, 70% of overdose deaths in D.C. involved fentanyl or its analogues.
Source: Leak C. Opioid-related Fatal Overdoses: January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2017. Government of the District of Columbia Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. 2018.
1,685,068 pounds of toxic chemicals were released by tobacco product manufacturing facilities in the US in 2012. There goes the neighborhood!
Source: "TRI 312229: Other Tobacco Product Manufacturing Facilities (NAICS 312229)." A Center for Effective Government. Washington, DC. 2011. Web.
Opioid overdose deaths increased almost 6x from 1999 to 2017.
Source: Scholl L, Seth P, Kariisa M, Wilson N, Baldwin G. Drug and Opioid-Involved Overdose Deaths — United States, 2013–2017. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2019;67:1419–1427. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm675152e1.
In 1985, one tobacco company brainstormed the idea of reaching younger adult customers in record stores.
Source: "XG BRAINSTORMING NYC, 2/26." Truth Tobacco Industry Documents. 26 Feb. 1985. Report.
RJ Reynolds, the maker of Camel cigarettes, banned smoking in their offices.
Source: The Associated Press. "Maker of Camel Cigarettes to End Smoking in Its Offices." The New York Times. 22 Oct. 2014. Web.
Toxins seep out of cigarette butts, which contaminate water.
Source: Barnes, Richard L. “Regulating the Disposal of Cigarette Butts as Toxic Hazardous Waste.” Tobacco Control 20.Suppl_1 (2011): i45–i48. PMC. Web. 22 Mar. 2017.
Because of something called the ‘smoking wage gap,’ young smokers could miss out on up to $10,000 a year.
Source: United States Department of Labor. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Usual Weekly Earnings Of Wage And Salary Workers Second Quarter 2016.19 July 2016.
In 1974, a tobacco company explored targeting customers as young as 14.
Source: "RJR Domestic Operating Goals and Assumptions." Truth Tobacco Industry Documents. 21 Nov. 1974. Document.
During Desert Storm, Big Tobacco sent voice-recorded holiday cards to deployed soldiers. Their rationale? “Awareness and visibility of Marlboro among young adult smokers.” Happy holidays?
Source: Smith, E. A., & Malone, R. E. (2009). Tobacco Promotion to Military Personnel: “The Plums Are Here to Be Plucked.” Military Medicine, 174(8), 797–806.
In 2001, 12-14 year olds were more likely to report having seen smoking on TV and movies than were 18-24 year olds.
Source: "Preventing Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young Adults: A Report of the Surgeon General, 2012." U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, CDC, Public Health Service, Office of the Surgeon General. 2012. Report.
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.