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After recognizing the “decline of smoking” as an “upscale and mainstream” behavior,” Big Tobacco planned to target “a population that is increasingly blue collar, ethnic, and less educated.”
Source: Journal of Public Health, Volume 32, Issue 2, 1 June 2010, Pages 210–218,
In 2010, every 3 minutes, a woman went to the ER for prescription painkiller misuse.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Vital Signs: Overdoses of Prescription Opioid Pain Relievers and Other Drugs Among Women — United States, 1999–2010. MMWR 2013;62:537-542.
One cigarette company biologically engineered tobacco plants to have twice the normal level of nicotine.
Source: "A Report of the Surgeon General." U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health. Other Effects. 2004: 616. Report.
Big Tobacco grew genetically engineered tobacco plants with 2X the natural levels of nicotine.
Source: Lewan T. Dark secrets of tobacco company exposed, 1998
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.
African Americans are less likely to successfully quit smoking than white Americans.
Source: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR): Quitting Smoking Among Adults --- United States, 2001--2010 ; Center for Disease Control and Prevention ; November 11, 2011
Every day, 130 Americans die after overdosing on opioids.
Source: Hedegaard H, Miniño AM, Warner M. Drug overdose deaths in the United States, 1999–2017. NCHS Data Brief, no 329. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2018.
According to the New York Times, in 1998, one tobacco executive said, "Nobody knows what you'd turn to if you didn't smoke. Maybe you'd beat your wife."
Source: Goldberg, J. "Big Tobacco's Endgame." The New York Times. 21 June 1998. Web.
As long ago as 1969, a tobacco company executive stated that they had "taken a great many steps to avoid advertising directed to young people." Yet 10 years later, they supplied their products to be featured in The Muppet Movie.
Source: Legacy Tobacco Documents Library. American Tobacco Collection. July 22, 1969. Page: 82 of 197 in PDF. Document Type: Congressional Testimony, Legal Bates Number: 968062385/2581