In a year, the VA spent 5 billion dollars to treat veterans with tobacco-related COPD.
Tobacco companies actually went to court to fight for the right to keep tobacco advertising near high schools. They won. Congrats, Big Tobacco!
Source: "Lorillard Tobacco Co., et al., Petitioners v. Thomas F. Reilly, Attorney General of Massachusetts; Altadis U.S.A. Inc., et al., Petitioners v. Thomas F. Reilly, Attorney General of Massachuetts." Supreme Court of the United States. 00-596, 00-597. 2000. Court Brief.
According to a U.S. Department of Defense memo, 38% of military smokers start after enlisting.
Source: Odani S, Agaku IT, Graffunder CM, Tynan MA, Armour BS. Tobacco Product Use Among Military Veterans — United States, 2010–2015. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 12 Jan 2018;67:7–12.
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
A study conducted in Philadelphia found that there were 69% more tobacco retailers per capita in low-income areas than in high-income areas.
Source: Philadelphia Department of Public Health. Tobacco Sales and Neighborhood Income in Philadelphia. CHART 2016;1(2):1–6
Every cigarette a man smokes takes 11 minutes off his life. That means every pack of cigarettes Big Tobacco makes shortens a man's life by 3.5 hours. Let that blow your mind.
Source: Shaw, Mary, Richard Mitchell, and Danny Dorling. "Time for a smoke? One cigarette is equivalent to 11 minutes of life expectancy." British Medical Journal. 320(53). 2000. Web.
Benzene, arsenic and cyanide are all poisons. They're all in cigarette smoke too.
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.
Quitting smoking has been linked to helping with symptoms of depression.
Source: Lembke, Anna, Kenasha Johnson, and Charles DeBattista. “Depression and Smoking Cessation: Does the Evidence Support Psychiatric Practice?” Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment 3.4 (2007): 487–493. Print.
Urea was found in cigarettes. Urea is also found in Pee.
Source: Covington & Burling. "Summary of Data on Urea." Truth Tobacco Industry Documents. 05 Feb. 1993. Report.
Problems with self-esteem. Has menial, boring job. Emotionally insecure. Passive-aggressive. Probably leads fairly dull existence. Grooming not a strong priority. Lacks inner resources. Group conformist. Non-thinking. Not into ideas. Insecure follower. These are all terms taken from Big Tobacco's files that have been used to describe different groups of potential customers for their deadly, addictive products.
Source: Hunter, CS. "Marketing Research Report. Inner City Black Creative Exploratory." Truth Tobacco Industry Documents, 16 Jan. 1989. Marketing Document.
Of former smokers in the U.S., 1,755,000 have had a heart attack from smoking.
Source: "Cigarette Smoking-Attributable Morbidity --- United States, 2000." CDC. 05 Sept. 2003. 52(35): 842-844. Table.
Secondhand smoke causes more than 41,000 deaths among nonsmoking adults every single year.
Source: “Get the Facts.” Smoke-Free ATL - Everyone in ATL Has the Right to Breathe Smoke-Free Air. 2018.