In 1989, one tobacco company called the threat of an acute deficiency of young adult smokers the "doomsday scenario."
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.
88% of youth had no clue smokers earn 20% less cash than non-smokers.
Source: Truth Initiative’s Media Monitoring Survey
Less than 6% of teens still smoke. That's less than the number of landlines still in use.
Source: Johnston, L. D., O’Malley, P. M., Miech, R. A., Bachman, J. G., & Schulenberg, J. E. (2015). Monitoring the Future national results on drug use: 1975-2015: Overview, Key Findings on Adolescent Drug Use. Ann Arbor: Institute for Social Research, The University of Michigan.
1981: "Today's teenager is tomorrow's potential regular customer." Said a tobacco researcher whose company was definitely not targeting kids.
Source: "PM USA Research Center - Young Smokers Prevalence, Trends, Implications and Related Demographic Trends." Truth Tobacco Industry Documents. 31 Mar. 1981. Report.
In 2001, 12-14 year olds were more likely to report having seen smoking on TV and movies than were 18-24 year olds.
Source: "Preventing Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young Adults: A Report of the Surgeon General, 2012." U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, CDC, Public Health Service, Office of the Surgeon General. 2012. Report.
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.
Maternal smoking during pregnancy and exposure to secondhand smoke in infancy results in the deaths of 1,015 infants every year 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.
Some kids exposed to secondhand smoke have more body fat and slower learning skills.
Source: "Second-hand Smoke Increases Fatness, Hinders Cognition in Children." Medical Xpress. 28 Jan. 2016.
Nearly 95% of regular smokers start by the age of 21.
Source: The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress: A Report of the Surgeon General. National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (US) Office on Smoking and Health. Atlanta (GA): Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US); 2014.
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.
In 1972, a tobacco company considered adding honey to cigarettes because teenagers like sweet products.
Source: "Tobacco Company Quotes on Marketing to Kids." Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Washington, DC. 14 May 2001. 3. Web.
Smoking causes impaired lung growth during childhood and adolescence.
Source: "The 2004 Surgeon General's Report: The Health Consequences of Smoking. What It Means To You." U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, 2004. 27-36. Report.