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The overwhelming majority of smokers—72%—either earn lower wages, lack health insurance and/or have less education.
Source: Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, Volume 28, Number 1, February 2017, pp. 100-107 (Article)
More than 30% of Marines smoke — the highest smoking rate among all US service members.
Source: Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, March 30, 2017
Around 375,000 stores in the U.S. sell tobacco products.
Source: Center for Public Health Systems Science. Point-of-Sale Report to the Nation: The Tobacco Retail and Policy Landscape, 2014.
As part of a 1982 tobacco company's report on how to "get a foothold in the young black menthol market," they said they'd need a brand "with a short, easily pronounced name."
Source: Johnston, Myron. "Newport Smokers." Truth Tobacco Industry Documents. 18 Nov. 1982. Memo.
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.
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.
In 2012, every 25 minutes, a baby was born suffering from opioid withdrawal.
Source: Patrick SW, Davis MM, Lehmann CU, Cooper WO. Increasing incidence and geographic distribution of neonatal abstinence syndrome: United States 2009 to 2012 [published correction appears in J Perinatol. 2015 Aug;35(8):667. Lehman, C U [corrected to Lehmann, C U]]. J Perinatol. 2015;35(8):650–655. doi:10.1038/jp.2015.36
According to the New York Times, in 1998, one tobacco executive said, "Nobody knows what you'd turn to if you didn't smoke. Maybe you'd beat your wife."
Source: Goldberg, J. "Big Tobacco's Endgame." The New York Times. 21 June 1998. Web.
A study in DC just three years ago found that little cigars and cigarillos were cheaper in neighborhoods with a higher density of black residents.
Source: American Journal of Public Health : Peer Reviewed. "Marketing Little Cigars and Cigarillos: Advertising, Price, and Associations With Neighborhood Demographics" ; Jennifer Cantrell, DrPH, MPA, Jennifer M. Kreslake, MPH, Ollie Ganz, MSPH, Jennifer L. Pearson, PhD, MPH, Donna Vallone, PhD, MPH, Andrew Anesetti-Rothermel, MPH, Haijun Xiao, MS, and Thomas R. Kirchner, PhD ; October 2013, Vol 103, No. 10