Fact: 81% of youth who have ever used tobacco started with a flavored product.
"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.https://www.thetruth.com/sites/default/files/villanti2017.pdf
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.
69 animal and/or human carcinogens are 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.
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
Acetanisole is found in cigarettes. Acetanisole is also an ingredient in some perfumes.
Source: "PM USA Cigarette Tobacco & Flavor Ingredients." Altria. 1. Web.
Every day, cows release methane gas into the air. From you know where. But methane is also found somewhere else. Yesiree, 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, 19 Nov. 2001. Report.
Those glowing amber charcoals used on hookahs? They release high levels of dangerous toxic agents like carbon monoxide, metals and cancer-causing chemicals.
Source: Cobb, Caroline, et al."Waterpipe Tobacco Smoking: An Emerging Health Crisis in the United States." American Journal of Health Behavior. 34(3). May-June 2010: 275–285. Web.
In 2007, Camel sold pink and teal-packaged cigarettes which attracted young girls.
Source: Pierce, JP, et al. "Camel No. 9 cigarette-marketing campaign targeted young teenage girls." Pediatrics. Apr. 2010. 125(4): 619-26. Web.
Chemicals that seep out of cigarette butts can be acutely toxic to fish and micro-organisms.
Source: Micevska, T., et al. "Variation in, and Causes of, Toxicity of Cigarette Butts to a Cladoceran and Microtox." Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. 50(2). Feb. 2006: 205-12. Web.
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
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.
Adolescents who use smokeless tobacco are more likely to become cigarette smokers.
Source: "Preventing Tobacco Use Among Young People: A Report of the Surgeon General." U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevetion, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health. 17. Web.
People with mental illness die about 5 years earlier than those without these disorders; many of these deaths are caused by smoking cigarettes.
Source: Tobacco Use Among Adults with Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders (Secondary Source CDC Report) ; March 10, 2017