Of current smokers in the U.S., 46,000 have lung cancer from smoking.
About 90% of lung cancer deaths among women who continue to smoke are tobacco related.
Source: "Women and Smoking: A Report of the Surgeon General." CDC. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2001. 13. 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.
Of former smokers in the U.S., 138,000 have lung cancer from smoking.
Source: "Cigarette Smoking Attributable Morbidity - United States, 2000." CDC. 05 Sept. 2003. 52(35): 842-844. Table.
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.
Cigarette smoking is the number one cause of preventable death in the U.S.
Source: "The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress. A Report of the Surgeon General Executive Summary." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2014. 13. Report.
The number of tobacco farms in the U.S. has gone from 415,315 in 1959 to 10,014 today.
Source: "Tobacco-Farms and Acres, by Acres Harvested, Quantity Harvested, and Value of Crop for Tobacco, for Selected States: 1964 and 1959." U.S. Department of Agriculture. Table 59.
One study found that half of people who try cigarettes in college still smoke 4 years later.
Source: Wetter, David W., et al. "Prevalence and Predictors of Transitions in Smoking Behavior Among College Students." American Psychological Association. 2004. 23(2): 168–177. Article.
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.
Every year, 27 million pounds of pesticides are used to grow tobacco.
Source: "Fact Sheet: Environmental Impact of Tobacco." Multnomah County Health Department. March 2013. Web.
Big Tobacco's products kill 1,300 smokers every day.
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.
Less than 6% of teens still smoke. That's less than the number of landlines still in use.
Source: Johnston, L. D., O’Malley, P. M., Miech, R. A., Bachman, J. G., & Schulenberg, J. E. (2015). Monitoring the Future national results on drug use: 1975-2015: Overview, Key Findings on Adolescent Drug Use. Ann Arbor: Institute for Social Research, The University of Michigan.
In 1994, the CEOs from 7 major tobacco companies testified before Congress, under oath, that they believed nicotine was NOT addictive.
Source: Whitworth, Damian. "Seven Dwarfs Gaffe Led to Legal Bonanza." Truth Tobacco Industry Documents. 15 July 2000. Article.