In 1974, a tobacco company explored targeting customers as young as 14.
The most common causes of death among people with mental illness are heart disease, cancer, and lung disease, which can all be caused by smoking.
Source: Tobacco Use Among Adults with Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders (Secondary Source CDC Report)
The majority of smokers begin before the age of 18 (nearly 87% before age 18, and nearly 94% before age 20).
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.
Teens who see tobacco use in movies have more positive attitudes towards smoking.
Source: "The Role of the Media in Promoting and Reducing Tobacco Use. Tobacco Control Monograph No. 19." U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute. Bethesda, MD. June 2008.
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.
Big tobacco has glamorized smoking in ads featured in LGBTQ magazines.
Source: SMITH EA, OFFEN N, MALONE RE. Pictures Worth a Thousand Words: Noncommercial Tobacco Content in the Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Press. Journal of health communication. 2006;11(7):635-649. doi:10.1080/10810730600934492.
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
In 1995, 43% of teens in West Virginia smoked. Today, only 16.2% of teens in West Virginia smoke. Damn, West Virginia teens are killing it at living.
Source: West Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources. Addressing Tobacco Use and Its Associated Health Conditions in West Virginia. Charleston, WV: West Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources, Bureau for Public Health, West Virginia Division for Tobacco Prevention, Office of Community Health Services and Health Promotion, 2016.
In cities like DC, there are up to 10 times more tobacco ads in black neighborhoods than other neighborhoods.
Source: American Journal of Public Health : Peer Reviewed. "Marketing Little Cigars and Cigarillos: Advertising, Price, and Associations With Neighborhood Demographics" ; Jennifer Cantrell, DrPH, MPA, Jennifer M. Kreslake, MPH, Ollie Ganz, MSPH, Jennifer L. Pearson, PhD, MPH, Donna Vallone, PhD, MPH, Andrew Anesetti-Rothermel, MPH, Haijun Xiao, MS, and Thomas R. Kirchner, PhD ; October 2013, Vol 103, No. 10
Based on the global population of 7.7 billion in 2016, 5.7 trillion cigarettes were consumed worldwide—amounting to 740 cigarettes for every man, woman, and child in the world.
Source: The Tobacco Atlas. Consumption. https://tobaccoatlas.org/topic/consumption/.
In 1985, one tobacco company brainstormed the idea of reaching younger adult customers in record stores.
Source: "XG BRAINSTORMING NYC, 2/26." Truth Tobacco Industry Documents. 26 Feb. 1985. Report.
Insecure follower. Has menial boring job. Probably leads fairly dull existence. Emotionally insecure. Problems with self-esteem. Passive-aggressive. Lacks inner resources. Grooming not a strong priority. Lower standard of living. 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, C.S. "Marketing Research Report. Inner City Black Creative Exploratory." Truth Tobacco Industry Documents. 16 Jan. 1989: 5.
Dogs and cats are twice as likely to get cancer if their owner smokes.
Source: Reif, John, Christa Bruns, and Kimberly Lower. “Cancer of the Nasal Cavity and Paranasal Sinuses and Exposure to Environmental Tobacco Smoke in Pet Dogs.” American Journal of Epidemiology. 147(5). 1998. Web.