An estimated 1.69 BILLION pounds of butts wind up as toxic trash each year.
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.
Each year only 6.2% of smokers succeed in quitting.
Source: "Quitting Smoking Among Adults --- United States, 2001--2010." CDC. 11 Nov. 2011. 60(44): 1513-1519. Web.
In 2015, 72.8% of African Americans were interested in quitting smoking and 63.4% reported making a quit attempt.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Quitting Smoking Among Adults — United States, 2000–2015. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 6 Jan 2017;65(52):1457-1464.
In 1989, millions of cases of imported fruit were banned after a small amount of cyanide was found in just two grapes. There's 33 times more cyanide in a single cigarette than was found in both of those grapes.
Source: "Economic Policy: Interest Rates Are Kept High." Truth Tobacco Industry Documents. 16 Feb. 1989. Report.
More than 10 million cigarettes per minute were smoked around the world every single day in 2016.
Source: The Tobacco Atlas. Consumption. https://tobaccoatlas.org/topic/consumption/. (**Internal calculation - cigs smoked/min daily for 2016 is 10.8M : 5.7 trillion smoked in 2016, 5.7 trillion/365/24/60 = 10.8M per minute)
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.
Cigarette smokers are 20 times more likely to develop lung cancer than non-smokers.
Source: "The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress. Surgeon General's Report." 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. Cancer, 2014: 9. Report.
Cigarettes and other smoking materials are the number one cause of fire deaths in the U.S.
Source: Hall, John R. "The Smoking Material Fire Problem." National Fire Protection Association. July 2013. Web.
There could be 1 billion tobacco deaths worldwide in the 21st century if current trends continue.
Source: "Smoking’s Death Toll." The Tobacco Atlas. 2015. Web.
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.
One tree is killed for just 15 packs of Cigarettes.
Source: "Billions of trees. Millions of cigarette butts. One dangerous product." California Department of Public Health. 2015. Web.
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.