600 MILLION TREES are chopped down every year for Big Tobacco.
In the U.S., 7,330 people die each year from secondhand smoke-related lung cancer.
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 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.
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.
Of former smokers in the U.S., 138,000 have lung cancer from smoking.
Source: "Cigarette Smoking Attributable Morbidity - United States, 2000." CDC. 05 Sept. 2003. 52(35): 842-844. Table.
In the U.S., 60.9% of students who ever smoked cigarettes daily tried to quit smoking cigarettes
Source: "High School Students Who Tried to Quit Smoking Cigarettes --- United States, 2007." CDC. Atlanta, GA. 58(16). 01 May 2009: 428-431. 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.
For approximately 50 years, tobacco companies falsely and fraudulently denied that smoking causes lung cancer and emphysema.
Source: "United States of America, Plaintiff, and Tobacco-Free Kids Action Fund, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, and Nationals African American Tobacco Prevention Network, Intervenors, and Philip Morris USA, Inc. (f/k/a Philip Morris, Inc.), et al., Defendants." United States District Court for the District of Columbia. 17 Aug. 2006: 1-4, 219, 259, 293, 330, 479, 655, 819, 1397. Document.
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.
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.
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.
In 2016, tobacco killed over 7 million people worldwide.
Source: The Tobacco Atlas. Deaths. https://tobaccoatlas.org/topic/deaths/.
Florida recorded its lowest teen smoking rate ever in 2016, 5.2%!
Source: Florida Health. (2017). Celebrating 10 Successful Years [Fact sheet]. Retrieved from http://tobaccofreeflorida.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/TFF10Years.pdf