Pregnant women who smoke increase their risk of preterm delivery, low birth weight, and SIDS.
Since 1964, there have been more than 20 million premature deaths attributed to tobacco in the U.S.
Source: "The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress. A Report of the Surgeon General Executive Summary." 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. 2014. Report.
In the U.S., 7,330 people die each year from secondhand smoke-related lung cancer.
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. Smoking-Attributable Morbidity, Mortality, and Economic Costs, 2014. Report.
Smokeless tobacco use causes oral cancer, lesions, and gum recession.
Source: Nelson, D.E., et al. "Trends in Smokeless Tobacco Use Among Adults and Adolescents in the United States." American Journal of Public Health. 96(5). May 2006: 897–905.
The most common causes of death among people with mental illness are heart disease, cancer, and lung disease, which can all be caused by smoking.
Source: Tobacco Use Among Adults with Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders (Secondary Source CDC Report)
For approximately 50 years, tobacco companies falsely and fraudulently denied that smoking causes lung cancer and emphysema.
Source: "United States of America, Plaintiff, and Tobacco-Free Kids Action Fund, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, and Nationals African American Tobacco Prevention Network, Intervenors, and Philip Morris USA, Inc. (f/k/a Philip Morris, Inc.), et al., Defendants." United States District Court for the District of Columbia. 17 Aug. 2006: 1-4, 219, 259, 293, 330, 479, 655, 819, 1397. Document.
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.
1,893 U.S. smokers died in 2008 from smoking-related atherosclerosis.
Source: "Annual Smoking-Attributable Mortality, Years of Potential Life Lost, and Productivity Losses-- United States, 2000-2004." CDC. 14 Nov. 57(45). 2008: 1226-8. Table.
Back in the day, tobacco documents included a segmentation of the women's market into groups like "emotional bra burning extremists" and "blatant lesbians."
Source: Satterthwaite, F.B. "Segmenting the Women's Market by Women's Role, Women's Lib and Other Social Forces #7591." Truth Tobacco Industry Documents. 18 June 1973. Report.
About one third of youth smokers will eventually die from a tobacco-related disease.
Source: Epstein, D. "Tobacco: the next World War?" Pan American Health Organization. World Health Organization. 1997. 2(2). Web.
In 1971, when one tobacco executive was reminded that smoking can lead to underweight babies, he said, "Some women would prefer smaller babies."
Source: Centers for Disease Control, Surgeon General. "Women and Smoking: A Report of the Surgeon General- 2001." Truth Tobacco Industry Documents, 2001.
It is estimated that as many of 7.2% of women who gave birth, smoked during pregnancy.
Source: "Drake P, Driscoll AK, Mathews TJ. Cigarette smoking during pregnancy: United States, 2016. NCHS Data Brief, no 305. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2018."