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Street artists create art and get arrested. Tobacco companies make products that kill people and walk away scot-free. Little backwards, huh?
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.
Formaldehyde is found in cigarette smoke. It's also used to preserve dead animals.
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, Oct. 2001.
Problems with self-esteem. Has menial, boring job. Emotionally insecure. Passive-aggressive. Probably leads fairly dull existence. Grooming not a strong priority. Lacks inner resources. Group conformist. Non-thinking. Not into ideas. Insecure follower. 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, CS. "Marketing Research Report. Inner City Black Creative Exploratory." Truth Tobacco Industry Documents, 16 Jan. 1989. Marketing Document.
The amount the industry spent on tobacco advertising and promotion in 2012? $26 million per day.
Source: "Cigarette Sales Declined, Smokeless Tobacco Sales Increased From 2011 Levels." Federal Trade Commission. 27 March 2015. Web.
Back in the ‘80’s, a major tobacco company paid to go into inner-city neighborhoods and hand out free samples of menthol cigarettes in an effort to acquire African Americans as customers.
Source: PM, PHILIP MORRIS. BENSON & HEDGES PART-TIME INNER CITY SAMPLING PROGRAM. 1985 June 03. Philip Morris Records.
Menthol cigarettes are easier to start and harder to quit.
Source: Truth Initiative, October 12, 2016.
Big Tobacco's products affect the readiness and performance of the military.
Source: Combating Tobacco Use in Military and Veteran Populations, 2009
Nearly 45% of African American menthol smokers say they would quit smoking altogether if menthols were banned, as opposed to switching to a non-flavored product.
Source: Truth Initiative, Menthol Fact Sheet. December 2018.
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.
Pregnant women who smoke increase their risk of preterm delivery, low birth weight, and SIDS.
Source: "The Health Consequences of Smoking." CDC. Reproductive Effects. 3-86. Report.