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Opioid painkillers like Vicodin® and OxyContin® are chemically similar to heroin.
Source: NIDA. Opioids. National Institute on Drug Abuse website. https://www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/opioids. . Accessed May 11, 2018.
In the past, a Big Tobacco planning document once described the young adult audience as “kids” who are less formed intellectually, more susceptible, and had no long term goals or anything to look forward to.
Source: DENICOLA RESEARCH. EASEL NOTES OF THE PROCEEDINGS. THE RESULTS OF TWO IDEA GENERATION SESSIONS ON SALEM SOUNDWAVES STRATEGIES AND TACTICS FOR 1990 (900000).. 1989 September 20. RJ Reynolds Records.
In the past, Big Tobacco has compared the addictiveness of cigarettes with coffee.
Source: "Hearing Of The House Energy & Commerce Committee Subcommittee On Health And The Environment, On Nicotine And Cigarettes." Truth Tobacco Industry Documents. 14 Apr. 1994. Deposition.
There is more smoking in TV shows rated TV-PG than in TV shows with a TV-14 rating. In other words, smoking is more prevalent on shows that aim to reach younger viewers. Hmm.
Source: Cullen, Jennifer, et al. "Depictions of Tobacco Use in 2007 Broadcast Television Programming Popular Among US Youth." Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. 165(2). 07 Feb. 2011: 147-151. Web.
The US, China, Russia, Japan, and Indonesia were the top five countries that consumed more than half of the world's cigarettes in 2016.
Source: The Tobacco Atlas. Consumption. https://tobaccoatlas.org/topic/consumption/.
Over half of young adults who misused prescription opioids got them from a friend or family member.
Source: Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality. (2017). 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Detailed Tables. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Rockville, MD.
Hydrogen cyanide has been used in prison executions. It's also found 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, 19 Nov. 2001. 56, 176, 251.
Tobacco farmers are starting to grow chickpeas because of the increase in hummus sales. Support Big Hummus!
Source: "Could Hummus Put an End to Smoking?" Haaretz. 26 Nov. 2014. 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.
Around 375,000 stores in the U.S. sell tobacco products.
Source: Center for Public Health Systems Science. Point-of-Sale Report to the Nation: The Tobacco Retail and Policy Landscape, 2014.