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Stores near high schools with higher African American enrollment had more menthol cigarette advertisements and cheaper Newport cigarettes than stores near high schools with higher white enrollment.
Source: Nicotine Tob Res. 2012 Jan;14(1):116-21. doi: 10.1093/ntr/ntr122. Epub 2011 Jun 24.
There were 100 million deaths worldwide from tobacco use in the 20th century.
Source: "Smoking’s Death Toll." The Tobacco Atlas. 2015. Web.
The number of women who used opioids during pregnancy increased nearly 70% between 2015 and 2017.
Source: Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality. (2018). 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Detailed Tables. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Rockville, MD
Tobacco farmers are starting to grow chickpeas because of the increase in hummus sales. Support Big Hummus!
Source: "Could Hummus Put an End to Smoking?" Haaretz. 26 Nov. 2014. Web.
In 1974, a tobacco company explored targeting customers as young as 14.
Source: "RJR Domestic Operating Goals and Assumptions." Truth Tobacco Industry Documents. 21 Nov. 1974. Document.
In the past, Big Tobacco described some low-income consumers as "very repressed," having "low self-esteem" and "an overall pessimistic outlook on life."
Source: Author: G.P. Ward, an employee of Brown and Williamson (as indicated by the headline “internal correspondence”
There is more smoking in TV shows rated TV-PG than in TV shows with a TV-14 rating. In other words, smoking is more prevalent on shows that aim to reach younger viewers. Hmm.
Source: Cullen, Jennifer, et al. "Depictions of Tobacco Use in 2007 Broadcast Television Programming Popular Among US Youth." Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. 165(2). 07 Feb. 2011: 147-151. Web.
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 2016, enough painkillers were prescribed to medicate every American adult 30 mg of hydrocodone every day for almost a month.
Source: Guy GP Jr., Zhang K, Bohm MK, et al. Vital Signs: Changes in Opioid Prescribing in the United States, 2006–2015. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2017;66:697–704. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6626a4