In a year, the VA spent $5 billion dollars to treat veterans with tobacco-related COPD.
Big Tobacco gave free cigarettes to psychiatric facilities.
Source: Prochaska, J. J., Hall, S. M., & Bero, L. A. (2008). Tobacco Use Among Individuals With Schizophrenia: What Role Has the Tobacco Industry Played? Schizophrenia Bulletin, 34(3), 555–567. http://doi.org/10.1093/schbul/sbm117
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.
As part of a 1982 tobacco company's report on how to "get a foothold in the young black menthol market," they said they'd need a brand "with a short, easily pronounced name."
Source: Johnston, Myron. "Newport Smokers." Truth Tobacco Industry Documents. 18 Nov. 1982. Memo.
An ingredient in mothballs- naphthalene- is also found in cigarette smoke.
Source: "Smoking and Tobacco Control." U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute. Risks Associated with Smoking Cigarettes with Low Machine-Measured Yields of Tar and Nicotine. Oct. 2001.
In 1972, a tobacco company considered adding honey to cigarettes because teenagers like sweet products.
Source: "Tobacco Company Quotes on Marketing to Kids." Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Washington, DC. 14 May 2001. 3. Web.
In the past, Big Tobacco sponsored research in an attempt to show the “positive aspects of smoking.”
Source: RJR,SMITH CJ. PREPARATION OF A SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN ARTICLE IN HOW NICOTINE WORKS IN THE HUMAN BRAIN.. 1993 April 09. RJ Reynolds Records..
Toluene is found in cigarette smoke. Toluene is also found in gasoline.
Source: McKeown, N J. "Toluene Toxicity." Medscape, 01 Feb. 2015. Web.
Carbon monoxide is in tobacco smoke. Carbon monoxide is a toxic gas which can cause death.
Source: "Smoking and Tobacco Control." U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute. Risks Associated with Smoking Cigarettes with Low Machine-Measured Yields of Tar and Nicotine. 19 Nov. 2001: 185.
The DoD spends more than $1.6 billion each year on tobacco-related medical care, increased hospitalization, and lost days of work.
Source: Pentagon aims to curb tobacco use by military: memo; Reuters; April 26, 2016.
Methanol is found in cigarettes. Methanol is also found in antifreeze.
Source: Perez, E. "Antifreeze Poisoning." U.S. National Library of Medicine, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, 13 Jan. 2016. Web.