The US, China, Russia, Japan, and Indonesia were the top five countries that consumed more than half of the world's cigarettes in 2016.
Back in 2003, there was only one lonely smoke-free college campus. Now there are 2,342 smoke-free campuses!
Source: American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation (ANRF). Smokefree and Tobacco-free U.S. and Tribal Colleges and Univeristies. Retrieved from http://no-smoke.org/wp-content/uploads/pdf/smokefreecollegesuniversities.pdf
One study found that half of people who try cigarettes in college still smoke 4 years later.
Source: Wetter, David W., et al. "Prevalence and Predictors of Transitions in Smoking Behavior Among College Students." American Psychological Association. 2004. 23(2): 168–177. Article.
In an average one-hour hookah session, you inhale 100 to 200 times as much smoke as from a single cigarette.
Source: "Waterpipe Tobacco Smoking: Health Effects, Research Needs and Recommended Actions by Regulators. WHO Study Group on Tobacco Product Regulation (TobReg)." World Health Organization. Geneva, Switzerland. 16 Sept. 2005.
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.
1 out of 3 smokers begin smoking before the age of 14.
Source: Mowery PD, et al. "Legacy First Look Report 3 Pathways to Established smoking: Results from the 1999 National Youth Tobacco Survey." Truth Tobacco Industry Documents. Oct. 2000. Report.
Every day, tobacco-related disease kills about 553 women in the US.
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.
The tobacco industry spends $26 million each day marketing its products in the U.S. alone.
Source: "Federal Trade Commission Cigarette Report for 2012." Federal Trade Commission. 2015.
Between 2009-2012, the estimated annual smoking-attributable economic costs in the U.S. were between $289-332.5 billion.
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.
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)
In 2016, tobacco killed over 7 million people worldwide.
Source: The Tobacco Atlas. Deaths. https://tobaccoatlas.org/topic/deaths/.
In 1993, the Supreme Court decided that an inmate could sue a prison claiming that exposure to his cellmate's secondhand smoke could constitute cruel and unusual punishment.
Source: "Helling v. McKenney (91-1958), 509 U.S. 25 (1993)." Supreme Court of the United States. 1993. 1, 5.
An estimated 1.69 BILLION pounds of butts wind up as toxic trash each year.
Source: "Cigarette Butts Are Toxic Waste." California Department of Public Health. 2015. Web.