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Cigarettes aren’t biodegradable — which means they don’t fully break down over time.
Source: "The Environment vs Cigarettes." Quit Smoking Community. 27 Nov. 2013.
Hookah smoke has been associated with oral, lung and bladder cancer, not to mention clogged arteries and heart disease.
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.
A typical 60 minute hookah session is the same as smoking 100 cigarettes.
Source: "Waterpipe Tobacco Smoking: Health Effects, Research Needs and Recommended Actions by Regulators. WHO Study Group on Tobacco Product Regulation (TobReg)." World Health Organization. Geneva, Switzerland. 16 Sept. 2005.
In the past, a tobacco company planned to boost cigarette sales by targeting the gay community. They even called their plan Project SCUM.
Source: Unknown. PROJECT SCUM.. 1995 December 12. RJ Reynolds Records. Unknown
After they were banned in 2009, Big Tobacco intentionally manipulated flavored cigarettes so that they could market them as “little cigars.” Real creative, Big Tobacco.
Source: "Flavored Tobacco Products Attract Kids." Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, 20 April 2017.
In 1989, one tobacco company's ideas for reaching minority customers included to "be seen as a friend," "build on black history," and "help them find jobs."
Source: "Salem Black Initiative Program Brand Team Ideation Session." Truth Tobacco Industry Documents. 03 Aug. 1989. Report.
Second hand smoke has been associated with lung cancer in birds. Not much to chirp about here.
Source: Oklahoma State University. "Secondhand Smoke Is A Health Threat To Pets." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 3 September 2007.
American Spirits are marketed as additive-free. Yet their warning label states: "No additives in our tobacco does NOT mean a safer cigarette." So they literally produce American spirits. As in, dead people.
Source: Pearson JL, Johnson A, Villanti A, et al Misperceptions of harm among Natural American Spirit smokers: results from wave 1 of the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) study (2013–2014) Tobacco Control Published Online First: 06 December 2016.
1 out of 3 smokers begin smoking before the age of 14.
Source: Mowery PD, et al. "Legacy First Look Report 3 Pathways to Established smoking: Results from the 1999 National Youth Tobacco Survey." Truth Tobacco Industry Documents. Oct. 2000. Report.