The Relentless Predator

Fact: The tobacco industry creates and markets a product that, when used as directed, will kill one out of two regular smokers prematurely.1 2

Fact: The tobacco industry adjusts the nicotine levels in cigarettes to make it harder for you to quit.3

Fact: The tobacco industry adds ammonia to tobacco to speed up the nicotine hit to your brain.4

Fact: The tobacco industry needs new smokers to replace those who quit or die, so they advertise. They spent over $12 billion marketing their products nationwide in 2006 – that’s $42 for every man, woman and child accounted for in the U.S. Census.5 6

The tobacco industry has been deceiving the public for nearly a century, and they’re still at it.


  • References

    1. CDC's Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs-2007
    2. Doll, R., Peto, R., Boreham, J., Sutherland, I. Mortality in Relation to Smoking: 50 years' Observations on Male British Doctors. British Medical Journal, 2004.
    3. Bates, Clive. Tobacco Additives: Cigarette Engineering and Nicotine Addiction. 14 July 1999. Action on Smoking and Health.
    4. Pankow, J. F., Mader, B. T., Isabelle, L. M., Luo, W., Pavlick, A., and Liang, C. (1997). Conversion of NIcotine in Tobacco Smoke to its Volatile and Available Free-Base Form Through the Action of Gaseous Ammonia. Environmental Science Technology, 31(8), 2428-2433.
    5. Federal Trade Commission Cigarette Report for 2006, Issued 2009.
    6. U.S. Census Bureau, Census 2006 (Total U.S. Population = 299 million).

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