About one third of youth smokers will eventually die from a tobacco-related disease.
Tobacco companies actually went to court to fight for the right to keep tobacco advertising near high schools. They won. Congrats, Big Tobacco!
Source: "Lorillard Tobacco Co., et al., Petitioners v. Thomas F. Reilly, Attorney General of Massachusetts; Altadis U.S.A. Inc., et al., Petitioners v. Thomas F. Reilly, Attorney General of Massachuetts." Supreme Court of the United States. 00-596, 00-597. 2000. Court Brief.
The majority of smokers begin before the age of 18 (nearly 87% before age 18, and nearly 94% before age 20).
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. 2014. Report.
In 1995, 43% of teens in West Virginia smoked. Today, only 16.2% of teens in West Virginia smoke. Damn, West Virginia teens are killing it at living.
Source: West Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources. Addressing Tobacco Use and Its Associated Health Conditions in West Virginia. Charleston, WV: West Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources, Bureau for Public Health, West Virginia Division for Tobacco Prevention, Office of Community Health Services and Health Promotion, 2016.
Cigarettes and other smoking materials are the number one cause of fire deaths in the U.S.
Source: Hall, John R. "The Smoking Material Fire Problem." National Fire Protection Association. July 2013. Web.
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)
Of current smokers in the U.S., 2,633,000 have chronic bronchitis from smoking.
Source: "Cigarette Smoking-Attributable Morbidity --- United States, 2000." Center for Disease Control and Prevention. 52(35). 05 Sept. 2003: 842-844. Table.
Of former smokers in the U.S., 637,000 have had a stroke from smoking.
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 US, 21% of middle school and 16% of high school students who smoke, smoke Newport, a predominantly menthol brand.
Source: Perks SN, Armour B, Agaku IT. Cigarette Brand Preference and Pro-Tobacco Advertising Among Middle and High School Students — United States, 2012–2016. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2 Feb 2018;67:119–124.
"If they're really really not selling to children, we're all going to be out of business." -Tobacco Company Exec, 1998
Source: "Salem Black Initiative Program Brand Team Ideation Session." Truth Tobacco Industry Documents. 03 Aug. 1989. Report.
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.
Fact: 81% of youth who have ever used tobacco started with a flavored product.
Source: "Flavored Tobacco Product Use in Youth and Adults: Findings From the First Wave of the PATH Study (2013–2014)." American Journal of Preventative Medicine, 2017.
How do infants avoid secondhand smoke? "At some point they begin to crawl." –Tobacco Executive, 1996.
Source: "Trial testimony of MICHAEL WAYNE OGDEN, Ph.D., March 17, 2005, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. PHILIP MORRIS USA INC." Truth Tobacco Industry Documents. 17 March 2005: 89.