In the U.S. in 2015, 66.7% of young adult smokers made a past year quit attempt.
Babb S, Malarcher A, Schauer G, Asman K, Jamal A. Quitting Smoking Among Adults — United States, 2000–2015. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 6 Jan 2017;65:1457–1464.https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/wr/mm6552a1.htm?s_cid=mm6552a1_w%20
More than 10 million cigarettes per minute were smoked around the world every single day in 2016.
Source: The Tobacco Atlas. Consumption. https://tobaccoatlas.org/topic/consumption/. (**Internal calculation - cigs smoked/min daily for 2016 is 10.8M : 5.7 trillion smoked in 2016, 5.7 trillion/365/24/60 = 10.8M per minute)
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.
Each day, about 2,000 youth under 18 try a cigarette for the first time.
Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Results from the 2017 National Survey on Dru Use and Health: Detailed Tables. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, 2018.
39.2% of high school students report seeing advertisements for tobacco products on the Internet.
Source: "Tobacco Use, Access, and Exposure to Tobacco in Media Among Middle School and High School Students-- United States, 2004." CDC. 01 Apr. 2005: 54(12) 297-301. Web.
599 additives are on the composite list released to the government in 1994 by tobacco companies of what may be added to cigarettes. This list includes all ingredients that are used although it does not tell which companies they are used by or which brands they are used in. 2-Naphthylamine, 4-Aminobiphenyl, Benzene, Vinyl Chloride, Ethylene Oxide, Arsenic, Beryllium, Nickel, Chromium (only hexavalent), Cadmium, and Polonium-210 are human carcinogens found in tobacco smoke.
Source: "Smoking and Tobacco Control." U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute. Bethesda, MD. Risks Associated with Smoking Cigarettes with Low Machine-Measured Yields of Tar and Nicotine. 19 Nov. 2001: 176-80.
In 1994, the CEOs from 7 major tobacco companies testified before Congress, under oath, that they believed nicotine was NOT addictive.
Source: Whitworth, Damian. "Seven Dwarfs Gaffe Led to Legal Bonanza." Truth Tobacco Industry Documents. 15 July 2000. Article.
There were 100 million deaths worldwide from tobacco use in the 20th century.
Source: "Smoking’s Death Toll." The Tobacco Atlas. 2015. Web.
During 2005-2009, smoking-attributable productivity losses totaled $150.7 billion per year.
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.
In the U.S., smoking results in 5.4 million years of potential life lost each year.
Source: "The Health Consequences of Smoking." CDC. Respiratory Diseases. 2004. 43, 47. Report.
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.
In 1985, one tobacco company brainstormed targeting potential smokers in school bathrooms, playgrounds, YMCAs, and city parks.
Source: "XG BRAINSTORMING. NYC, 2126." Truth Tobacco Industry Documents. 26 Feb. 1985. Report.
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.