Florida recorded its lowest teen smoking rate ever in 2016, 5.2%!
Florida Health. (2017). Celebrating 10 Successful Years [Fact sheet]. Retrieved from http://tobaccofreeflorida.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/TFF10Years.pdfhttp://tobaccofreeflorida.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/TFF10Years.pdf
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.
Over 16 million Americans live with tobacco-related illnesses.
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.
In 1989, one tobacco company called the threat of an acute deficiency of young adult smokers the "doomsday scenario."
Source: FCB/LKP Marketing Planning Department. "Winston 1990+." Truth Tobacco Industry Documents. 18 Dec. 1989. Document.
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.
1,685,068 pounds of toxic chemicals were released by tobacco product manufacturing facilities in the US in 2012. There goes the neighborhood!
Source: "TRI 312229: Other Tobacco Product Manufacturing Facilities (NAICS 312229)." A Center for Effective Government. Washington, DC. 2011. Web.
Owensboro, Kentucky, a small town in the heart of tobacco country, banned cigarette smoking in all public places.
Source: "Smoking Ordinance 23-2014. Frequently Asked Questions." City of Owensboro. Owensboro, KY. Web.
Adolescents who use smokeless tobacco are more likely to become cigarette smokers.
Source: "Preventing Tobacco Use Among Young People: A Report of the Surgeon General." U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevetion, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health. 17. Web.
1,893 U.S. smokers died in 2008 from smoking-related atherosclerosis.
Source: "Annual Smoking-Attributable Mortality, Years of Potential Life Lost, and Productivity Losses-- United States, 2000-2004." CDC. 14 Nov. 57(45). 2008: 1226-8. Table.
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.
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.
Tobacco accounts for one out of every ten deaths worldwide and claims nearly 6 million lives each year.
Source: "Tobacco Fact sheet N°339." World Health Organization. 6 July 2015. Web.