In a year, the VA spent 5 billion dollars to treat veterans with tobacco-related COPD.
As long ago as 1969, a tobacco company executive stated that they had "taken a great many steps to avoid advertising directed to young people." Yet 10 years later, they supplied their products to be featured in The Muppet Movie.
Source: Legacy Tobacco Documents Library. American Tobacco Collection. July 22, 1969. Page: 82 of 197 in PDF. Document Type: Congressional Testimony, Legal Bates Number: 968062385/2581
In 1997, one tobacco company CEO said he would probably "instantly" shut his doors "to get a better hold on things" if it were proved to his satisfaction that smoking causes cancer. That same company now admits on their website that smoking causes cancer, but they're still open for business.
Source: "In the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Court in and for Palm Beach County, Florida Case No. CL 95-1466 AH The State of Florida, et al., Plaintiff, Vs. The American Tobacco Company, et al., Defendants. Deposition of Geoffrey C. Bible Taken at the Instance of Plaintiffs." Truth Tobacco Industry Documents. 21 Aug. 1997. Deposition.
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.
Benzene is in tobacco smoke. Benzene causes cancer.
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.
Toluene is found in cigarette smoke. Toluene is also found in gasoline.
Source: McKeown, N J. "Toluene Toxicity." Medscape, 01 Feb. 2015. Web.
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.
Long-term smokeless tobacco users may be up to fifty times more likely to have cancers of the cheek and gum than non-users.
Source: "Cancer Facts & Figures 2015." American Cancer Society. Atlanta, GA. 2015: 48. Web.
A 1989 document from Big Tobacco's files described young adult smokers in the military as: "less educated" with "poor academic performance" and "limited job prospects."
Source: "Military Yas Initiative." Truth Tobacco Industry Documents. 1989. Report.
Even if someone doesn't consider themselves a smoker, every "bummed" cigarette causes damage to vital organs in the body. Give that pancreas a break.
Source: Young, Saundra. "Surgeon General report: Tobacco smoke does immediate damage." CNN. 09 Dec. 2010. Web.
In the U.S., about 41,000 people die each year from secondhand smoke-related diseases.
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. Cardiovascular Diseases. 2014. Report.
A major tobacco company visited a Pride festival to hand out coupons for cigarettes priced at $1 per pack. That’s five cents a smoke.
Source: "Newport's Pleasure Lounge Aims to Ignite Cigarette Sales." The Wall Street Journal; 13 Sept 2016.