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  • Rumored to be true:
  • Worldwide, tobacco kills more than two and a half million people prematurely every year.
    (WHO--World Health Organization)
  • The Environmental Protection Agency has classified tobacco smoke as a class "A" carcinogen, along with such poisons as benzene and asbestos.
    (EPA--Environmental Protection Agency)
  • 45.8 million Americans continue to smoke.
    (CDC--Centers for Disease Control)
  • Cigarette disease victims die more than twenty years before the life expectancy of nonsmokers.
    (CDC--Centers for Disease Control)
  • Each year smoking kills more Americans than alcohol, cocaine, crack, heroin, homicide, suicide, automobile accidents, fires and AIDS combined.
    (CDC--Centers for Disease Control)
  • In addition to lung cancer and emphysema, smoking is associated with cancers of the mouth, pharynx, larynx, esophagus, pancreas, uterine cervix, kidney and bladder.
    (ACS--American Cancer Society)
  • The total state and federal excise tax on tobacco products is $9 billion. That's one tenth of what it costs us to take care of smokers as they die.
    (C. Everett Koop, MD, former Surgeon General)


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