In 1978, one tobacco executive said that "unhappiness causes cancer." So smile!
There are 11 known human carcinogens in cigarette smoke.
Source: "Smoking and Tobacco Control." U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute. Risks Associated with Smoking Cigarettes with Low Machine-Measured Yields of Tar and Nicotine. Oct. 2001.
In 1997, one tobacco company CEO said he would probably "instantly" shut his doors "to get a better hold on things" if it were proved to his satisfaction that smoking causes cancer. That same company now admits on their website that smoking causes cancer, but they're still open for business.
Source: "In the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Court in and for Palm Beach County, Florida Case No. CL 95-1466 AH The State of Florida, et al., Plaintiff, Vs. The American Tobacco Company, et al., Defendants. Deposition of Geoffrey C. Bible Taken at the Instance of Plaintiffs." Truth Tobacco Industry Documents. 21 Aug. 1997. Deposition.
Of current smokers in the U.S., 46,000 have lung cancer from smoking.
Source: "Cigarette Smoking Attributable Morbidity - United States, 2000." CDC. 05 Sept. 52(35). 2003: 842-844. Table.
Long-term smokeless tobacco users may be up to fifty times more likely to have cancers of the cheek and gum than non-users.
Source: "Cancer Facts & Figures 2015." American Cancer Society. Atlanta, GA. 2015: 48. Web.
Secondhand smoke contains 7,000 chemicals, many of which are toxic and can cause cancer.
Source: Guide to the 50th Anniversary Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health, July 2015.
Of former smokers in the U.S., 1,154,000 have a cancer other than lung cancer from smoking.
Source: "Cigarette Smoking Attributable Morbidity - United States, 2000." CDC. 05 Sept. 2003: 52(35) 842-844. Web.
In the US, 36,000 people die each year from cancers other than lung caused by 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.
About 90% of lung cancer deaths among women who continue to smoke are tobacco related.
Source: "Women and Smoking: A Report of the Surgeon General." CDC. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2001. 13. Report.
Dogs and cats are twice as likely to get cancer if their owner smokes.
Source: Reif, John, Christa Bruns, and Kimberly Lower. “Cancer of the Nasal Cavity and Paranasal Sinuses and Exposure to Environmental Tobacco Smoke in Pet Dogs.” American Journal of Epidemiology. 147(5). 1998. Web.
Smokeless tobacco increases the risk of oral cancer.
Source: "Summaries and Evaluations Tobacco Products, Smokeless (Group 1)." International Agency for Research on Cancer. 10 Feb. 1998. Web.
Some studies have found vapes to contain lead, nickel, tin, silver, formaldehyde, manganese, toluene, and other chemicals linked to cancer and central nervous system problems.
Source: Williams, M., Villarreal, A., Bozhilov, K., Lin, S., & Talbot, P. (n.d.). Metal and silicate particles including nanoparticles are present in electronic cigarette cartomizer fluid and aerosol. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23526962
Radioactive Polonium-210 is found in cigarette smoke. Polonium-210 contributes to cancer.
Source: "Smoking and Tobacco Control." U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute. Risks Associated with Smoking Cigarettes with Low Machine-Measured Yields of Tar and Nicotine. 19 Nov. 2001: 180.