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Opioid overdose deaths increased almost 6x from 1999 to 2017.
Source: Scholl L, Seth P, Kariisa M, Wilson N, Baldwin G. Drug and Opioid-Involved Overdose Deaths — United States, 2013–2017. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2019;67:1419–1427. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm675152e1.
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 the U.S. in 2012, 73.9% of people with at least a college degree who had ever smoked reported that they had successfully quit.
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.
Nearly 90% of African American smokers use menthols.
Source: Truth Initiative, Menthol Fact Sheet. December 2018.
In 2011, more than 420,000 emergency department visits were related to the misuse or abuse of narcotic pain relievers.
Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Drug Abuse Warning Network, 2011: National Estimates of Drug-Related Emergency Department Visits. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; 2013.
In 2001, 12-14 year olds were more likely to report having seen smoking on TV and movies than were 18-24 year olds.
Source: "Preventing Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young Adults: A Report of the Surgeon General, 2012." U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, CDC, Public Health Service, Office of the Surgeon General. 2012. Report.
Tobacco companies have been targeting women with their advertising for the last 80 years.
Source: "Women and Smoking: Report of the Surgeon General." CDC. Factors Influencing Tobacco Use Among Women, 2001. 44, 96. Report.
Because nicotine from smokeless tobacco is absorbed through the mouth, it takes longer to produce an effect than if it were absorbed through the lungs. But using cigarettes and smokeless tobacco really do result in the same amount of nicotine intake.
Source: "Youth and Tobacco: Preventing Tobacco Use among Young People. A Report of the Surgeon General." Department of Health and Human Services. Washington, DC. 33. Web.
Chromium is in tobacco smoke. Chromium contributes to cancer.
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: 180.
Every cigarette a man smokes takes 11 minutes off his life. That means every pack of cigarettes Big Tobacco makes shortens a man's life by 3.5 hours. Let that blow your mind.
Source: Shaw, Mary, Richard Mitchell, and Danny Dorling. "Time for a smoke? One cigarette is equivalent to 11 minutes of life expectancy." British Medical Journal. 320(53). 2000. Web.
Because of something called the ‘smoking wage gap,’ young smokers could miss out on up to $10,000 a year.
Source: United States Department of Labor. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Usual Weekly Earnings Of Wage And Salary Workers Second Quarter 2016.19 July 2016.