1. Did you know Cigarette smoking has been popularly know as the most important source of preventable morbidity and premature mortality in the United States and the world.
2. Did you know Smoking-related diseases cause an estimated 440,000 American deaths each year.
3. Did you know Smoking costs the United States over $150 billion annually in health care costs.
4. Did you know A 2004 Study by the CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion found that cigarette smoke contains over 4,800 chemicals, 69 of which are known to cause cancer.
5. Did you know Women account for 39 percent of all smoking deaths.
6. Did you know A symptom from heavy smoking is increased coughing, because the lungs are struggling to clear out dirt and deposits.
7. Did you know Tobacco and nicotine related diseases kill more than 400,000 people every year.
8. Did you know Nicotine from a cigarette quickly reaches the brain in 8 seconds, which is much faster than the time it takes for injected heroin or cocaine, which is about 12 seconds.
9. Did you know Smoking related deaths kills more than motor vehicle accidents, including drunk driving, homicides, AIDS, illegal drugs and fires not caused by cigarettes.
10.Did you know Tobacco is central to the economies of six states: Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.
11. Did you know Kentucky is the nation’s leading tobacco grower.
12. Did you know The biggest percentage of the world’s tobacco is grown in China.
13. Did you know Large amounts of nicotine was once given to elephants in order to put them to sleep via animal dart guns.
14. Did you know The Centers for Disease Control’s list of the World’s Most addictive substances places is at the top of the list.
15. Did you know Heroin placed 5th.
16. Did you know Forbidden to advertise on television, cigarette companies rent huge signs in sport stadiums.
17. Did you know Humphrey Bogart, seen smoking in Casablanca, smoked heavily in real life as well. He died of lung cancer at the age of 57.
18. Did you know In 1953, the New England Journal of Medicine announced that the evidence linking smoking and lung cancer was “so strong as to be considered proof within the everyday meaning of the word.”
19. Did you know Nearly some 90 percent of nonsmokers have some residues of cigarette smoke in their blood.
20. Did you know The United States produces several tons of tobacco each year. Only China produces more.
21. Did you know About three quarters of the American Tobacco market is controlled by two companies, Philip Morris and RJR Nabisco (formerly R.J. Reynolds).
22. Did you know Tobacco-brand appearances have been seen in many adolescent and family movies. These include Ghostbusters II, Home Alone 2, Honey I shrunk the Kids, Kindergarten Cop, men in Black and The Nutty Professor.
23. Did you know Tobacco is a poisonous plant. The poison in it is nicotine. Tobacco plants contain nicotine as a natural defense, to keep bugs from eating their leaves.
24. Did you know Workers on Tobacco Farms sometimes suffer nicotine poisoning when they absorb the chemical through their skin.
PREGNANCY SMOKING FACTS
25. Did you know Smoking More than half a pack a day may cause infertility or irregular menstrual cycles in women.
26. Did you know Menopause often occurs earlier in women who smoke than in women who do not.
27. Did you know Pregnant women pass any chemicals they take in (from food, tobacco, alcohol and so on) to their unborn children through the placenta.
28. Did you know Women who smoke during pregnancy can slow down the baby’s growth by reducing the amount of oxygen and increasing the amount of carbon monoxide that the baby receives during a critical time when its brain and nervous system are developing.
29. Did you know Babies born of mothers who smoke frequently during pregnancy are on the average 7 ounces lighter than other babies.
30. Did you know Smoking while pregnant increases the chances of spontaneous abortions (miscarriages) stillbirths and premature labor.
31. Did you know Women who smoke have higher risks of giving birth to babies with birth defects or abnormalities.
32. Did you know In 2002, 11.4 percent of mothers smoked during pregnancy.
33. Did you know Mothers who smoke can pass nicotine to their children through breast milk.
34. Did you know Infants born to mothers who smoke are more likely to develop colds, bronchitis, and other respiratory diseases such as asthma. The odds of developing asthma are twice as high among children whose mothers smoke more than 10 cigarettes a day.
TEEN SMOKING FACTS
35. Did you know Tobacco use primarily begins in early adolescence, typically by age 16.
36. Did you know Almost all first use occurs before high school graduation.
37. Did you know 20 percent of American teens smoke.
38. Did you know Roughly 6 million teens in the US today smoke despite the knowledge that it is addictive and leads to disease.
39. Did you know Of every 100,000 15 year old smokers, tobacco will prematurely kill at least 20,000 before the age of 70.
40. Did you know Of the 3,000 teens who started smoking today, nearly 1,000 will eventually die as a result from smoking.
41. Did you know Adolescent girls who smoke and take oral birth control pills greatly increase their chances of having blood clots and strokes.
42. Did you know According to the Surgeon’s General, Teenagers who smoke were:
• Three times more likely to use alcohol.
• Eight times are likely to smoke marijuana.
• 22 times are more likely to be taking Cocaine.
43. Did you know many people who starts smoking at the age 13 will have a more difficult time to quitting, they has more health-related problems and probably will die earlier than a person who begins to smoke at age 21.
44. Did you know Kids who smoke experience changes in the lungs and reduced lung growth, and they risk not achieving normal lung function as an adult.
45. Did you know Kids who smoke have significant health problems, including cough and phlegm production, decreased physical fitness and unfavorable lipid profile.
46. Did you know If your child’s best friends smoke, then your youngster is 13 times more likely to smoke than if his or her friends did not smoke.
47. Did you know More than 90 percent of adult smokers started when they were teens.
48. Did you know Adolescents who have two parents who smoke are more than twice as likely as youth without smoking parents to become smokers.
49. Did you know A 2001 Survey found that 69.4 percent of teenage smokers reported never being asked for proof of age when buying cigarettes in a store.
SECOND HAND SMOKE FACTS
The EPA reported the following about Secondhand smoke.
51. Did you know 3,000 nonsmoking adults die of diseases caused by exposure to second hand smoke every year.
52. Did you know Secondhand smoke causes coughing, phlegm, chest discomfort and reduced lung function in nonsmokers.
53. Did you know US infants and children under 18 months of age suffer some 150,000 to 300,000 respiratory tract infections (lung diseases such as pneumonia and bronchitis) every year, leading to 7,500 to 15,000 hospitalizations.
54. Did you know Children exposed to secondhand smoke at home are more likely to have middle-ear disease and reduced lung function.
55. Did you know Some 2 to 5 million US children suffer from asthma; of these, about 20 percent experience more asthma attacks and more severe attacks than their fellow young asthmatics, due to secondhand smoke.
56. Did you know Secondhand smoke contains over 4,000 chemical compounds, including carbon monoxide ( which poisons the human body), ammonia, formaldehyde, and other poisons. 4 of the chemicals “ benzene, 2-naphthylamine, 4-aminobiphenyl, and polonium-210 are classified by the EPA as known carcinogensâ€”cancer causing agents.
57. Did you know The EPA has classified secondhand smoke as a carcinogen since 1992.
58. Did you know More than 10 million young people aged 12-18 live in a household with at least one smoker.
59. Did you know A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that nonsmokers exposed to secondhand smoke were 25 percent more likely to have coronary heart diseases compared to nonsmokers not exposed to smoke.
60. Did you know Base on EPA study, approximately 50-75 percent of children in the USA have detectable levels of cotinine, the breakdown product of nicotine, in their blood.
REAL QUOTES FROM TOBACCO COMPANIES
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62. “This young adult market, the 14-to24 age group…represent(s) tomorrow’s cigarette business.” – 1974 RJR memo.
63. “…comic strip type copy might get a much higher readership among younger people than any other type of copy.” – 1973 RJR memo.
64. Cigarettes “cause or predispose, lung cancer…They contribute to certain cardiovascular disorders.. – 1963 internal memo from Addision Yeaman, executive president of Brown and Williamson, president of Council for Tobacco Research.
65. “Without nicotine…there would be no smoking…” – 1972 Philip Morris researcher
66. “We are, then, in the business of selling nicotine, an addictive drug…” – 1963 internal memo from Addison Yeaman, executive vice president of Brown and Williamson, president of Council for Tobacco Research.