88% of youth had no clue smokers earn 20% less cash than non-smokers.
As late as 1999, tobacco companies placed in-store advertising signage at a child's eye level.
Source: "Point-of-Purchase Tobacco Environments and Variation by Store Type --- United States, 1999." CDC. 08 March 2002. 51(09): 184-7. Web.
The CEO of a top e-cig brand said other e-cig manufacturers used flavorings "to attract children." Fast-forward ten months and that same CEO was introducing "Butter Crumble" and berry flavors, saying, "flavor is essential to vapors' satisfaction." How old are those vapors?
Source: Richtel, Matt. “E-Cigarette Makers Are in an Arms Race for Exotic Vapor Flavors.” The New York Times. 15 June 2014. Web.
Fact: 81% of youth who have ever used tobacco started with a flavored product.
Source: "Flavored Tobacco Product Use in Youth and Adults: Findings From the First Wave of the PATH Study (2013–2014)." American Journal of Preventative Medicine, 2017.
Between 2010 and 2016, smoking was depicted in 34% of youth rated movies, and 71% of R-rated movies.
Source: Tynan MA, Polansky JR, Titus K, Atayeva R, Glantz SA. Tobacco Use in Top-Grossing Movies — United States, 2010–2016. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 7 Jul 2017;66:681–686.
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.
Every day, about 2,100 youth and young adults become daily smokers.
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.
One tobacco company brainstormed reaching its target consumer from ice cream trucks.
Source: "Other Ways to Reach the Target." Truth Tobacco Industry Documents. 02 Oct. 1989. Report.
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
A recent study showed that low-income neighborhoods are more likely to have tobacco retailers near schools than other neighborhoods.
Source: Heather D’Angelo, PhD, Alice Ammerman, DrPH, RD, Penny Gordon-Larsen, PhD, Laura Linnan, ScD, Leslie Lytle, PhD, and Kurt M. Ribisl, PhD. Sociodemographic Disparities in Proximity of Schools to Tobacco Outlets and Fast-Food Restaurants. AJPH ; September 2016, Vol 106, No. 9
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.
Maternal smoking during pregnancy and exposure to secondhand smoke in infancy increases the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
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.
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.