An estimated 1.69 BILLION pounds of butts wind up as toxic trash each year.
Tobacco kills about 30 times more people than murder.
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.
In the U.S., 160,000 people die each year from smoking-related lung cancer.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Health Consequences of Smoking: 50 Years of Progress. A Report of the Surgeon General. Atlanta, GA: 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.
Second-hand smoke is more harmful for the environment than driving some cars. The air pollution from cigarettes is 10 times more than diesel cars.
Source: Invernizzi, G. "Particulate Matter from Tobacco versus Diesel Car Exhaust: An Educational Perspective." Tobacco Control 13.3 (2004): 219-21.
In 2017, smokeless tobacco companies reported spending $438.5 million on price discounts in order to reduce the price of smokeless tobacco to consumers.
Source: Federal Trade Commission. Smokeless Tobacco Report for 2017. Retrieved from https://www.ftc.gov/reports/federal-trade-commission-cigarette-report-2017-federal-trade-commission-smokeless-tobacco. Published February, 2019.
There is no level or amount of exposure to secondhand smoke that is “risk-free.”
Source: “Smokefree Policies Improve Health.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 Dec. 2016,
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
Of current smokers in the U.S., 358,000 have a cancer other than lung cancer from smoking.
Source: Cigarette Smoking Attributable Morbidity - United States, 2000. CDC. 04 Sept. 2003; 52(35) 842-844. Table.
599 additives are on the composite list released to the government in 1994 by tobacco companies of what may be added to cigarettes. This list includes all ingredients that are used although it does not tell which companies they are used by or which brands they are used in. 2-Naphthylamine, 4-Aminobiphenyl, Benzene, Vinyl Chloride, Ethylene Oxide, Arsenic, Beryllium, Nickel, Chromium (only hexavalent), Cadmium, and Polonium-210 are human carcinogens found in tobacco smoke.
Source: "Smoking and Tobacco Control." U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute. Bethesda, MD. Risks Associated with Smoking Cigarettes with Low Machine-Measured Yields of Tar and Nicotine. 19 Nov. 2001: 176-80.
600 MILLION TREES are chopped down every year for Big Tobacco.
Source: "Tobacco and the environment." Action on Smoking and Health. Sept. 2015. Web.
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.
One cigarette company biologically engineered tobacco plants to have twice the normal level of nicotine.
Source: "A Report of the Surgeon General." 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. Other Effects. 2004: 616. Report.