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For every smoker who died in 2015 worldwide, Big Tobacco raked in a $9,730.16 profit. That's up 39% from 2013. Turns out BT chooses wealth over health.
Source: “Manufacturing.” Tobacco Atlas, tobaccoatlas.org/topic/manufacturing/
Back in 2003, there was only one lonely smoke-free college campus. Now there are 2,342 smoke-free campuses!
Source: American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation (ANRF). Smokefree and Tobacco-free U.S. and Tribal Colleges and Univeristies. Retrieved from http://no-smoke.org/wp-content/uploads/pdf/smokefreecollegesuniversities.pdf
In the U.S., 160,000 people die each year from smoking-related lung cancer.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Health Consequences of Smoking: 50 Years of Progress. A Report of the Surgeon General. Atlanta, GA: 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.
In 2014, Big Tobacco spent $7.12 billion discounting products at the "point of sale" — a.k.a. where people buy things (like the counter at a drugstore).
Source: 1. U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Cigarette Report for 2014, 2016, https://www.ftc.gov/system/files/documents /reports/federal-tradecommission- cigarette-report-2014-federal-trade-commission-smokeless-tobacco-report/ftc_cigarette_report_2014.pdf; 2. FTC, Smokeless Tobacco Report for 2014, 2016, https://www.ftc.gov/system/files/documents /reports/federal-trade-commission-cigarette-report-2014-federal-trade-commission-smokeless-tobacco-report/ftc_smokeless_tobacco_report_2014.pdf
A tobacco executive said that smoking is only as addictive as "sugar and salt and internet access."
Source: Freiberg, M. "The Verdict Is In: Findings from United States v. Philip Morris." Tobacco Control Legal Consortium, 2006: 3.
In 2015, 72.8% of African Americans were interested in quitting smoking and 63.4% reported making a quit attempt.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Quitting Smoking Among Adults — United States, 2000–2015. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 6 Jan 2017;65(52):1457-1464.
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.
Tobacco accounts for one out of every ten deaths worldwide and claims nearly 6 million lives each year.
Source: "Tobacco Fact sheet N°339." World Health Organization. 6 July 2015. Web.
E-cigarettes are smoke-free and tobacco-free, but not all are nicotine-free even though some claim to be.
Source: "The Truth About: Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems." Truth Initiative.
Back in the day, tobacco companies provided the White House with complimentary gold-sealed "Presidential" cigarettes. Way to hail the chief.
Source: Bull, Stephen B. "Presidential Cigarettes." Truth Tobacco Industry Documents. 13 Apr. 1988. Memo.
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.