Falls Park – Rethink Tobacco

The Facts

One tree is killed for just 15 packs of cigarettes. George Washington would be appalled!1

The tobacco industry spends more than $19.7 million a year in South Dakota alone.
That’s $6.57 for every one of the 3 million visitors to Mount Rushmore, each year.2

Cigarette butts are the most littered item on earth.3

  1. TobaccoFreeCA.com
    http://tobaccofreeca.com/featured-hero/impact/
  2. Tobacco-Free Kids
    http://www.tobaccofreekids.org/research/factsheets/pdf/0002.pdf
  3. OceanConcervancy.org
    http://www.oceanconservancy.org/our-work/international-coastal-cleanup/top-10-items-found-1.html

Annual health care COSTS in South Dakota directly caused by smoking: $373 million.1

Residents’ state & federal tax burden from smoking- caused government expenditures: $808 per household.1

Smoking-caused productivity losses in South Dakota: $282.5 million.1

  1. TobaccoFreeKids.org
    http://www.tobaccofreekids.org/facts_issues/toll_us/south_dakota

If you quit smoking, in six months you could save over $1,000.1

Did you know Ethanol is made from fermented corn and is an additive in gasoline? There are over 100 additives in cigarettes that camouflage the odor of tobacco smoke, and mask symptoms and illnesses associated with smoking behaviors.2

Over 70% of smokers say they want to quit. We can help with that. Call 1.866.SD-QUITS.3

  1. TobaccoFreeKids.org
    http://www.tobaccofreekids.org/research/factsheets/pdf/0202.pdf
  2. Pharmacological and Chemical Effects of Cigarette Additives
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2040350/
  3. CDC - Quitting Smoking Among Adults
    http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6044a2.htm?s_cid=%20mm6044a2.htm_w

No fish story here. One cigarette butt soaked in a liter of water KILLED HALF of the fish exposed in a study in a laboratory setting.1

Geraniol is found in cigarettes. Geraniol is also found in pesticides.2 3

About one third of youth smokers will eventually DIE from a tobacco-related disease.4

  1. Toxicity of Cigarette Butts, and their Chemical Components, to Marine and Freshwater Fish
    http://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/content/20/Suppl_1/i25.full
  2. Tobacco Flavor and Ingredients
    http://www.altria.com/our-companies/philipmorrisusa/our-products-and-ingredients/Documents/PM USA Tobacco and Flavor Ingredients.pdf
  3. KPAN Pesticide Database
    http://www.pesticideinfo.org/Detail_Chemical.jsp?Rec_Id=PC33336
  4. PERSPECTIVES in Health. Volume 2- No. 2
    http://www.paho.org/English/DPI/Number4_article5.htm

Cigarette waste constitutes an estimated 30% of the total litter on US shorelines, waterways and on land.1

Cigarette butts leach toxic chemicals —including arsenic, cadmium, lead and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons—that could POLLUTE the environment and harm its ecosystems.2

Cigarette butts can be a continuous point source of heavy metal contamination in water.3

  1. Litter Free Planet 2009 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3088407/
  2. Legacy for Health http://www.legacyforhealth.org/our-issues/cigarettes-and-the-environment/%28language%29/eng-US
  3. Legacy for Health
    http://www.legacyforhealth.org/what-we-do/tobacco-control-research/quick-facts#

Higher smoking rates are associated with lower education levels.1

Secondhand smoke causes more than 7,300 lung cancer deaths among U.S. nonsmokers each year.2

If you quit smoking for one month, you could save over $170. That’s a lot of corn dogs, ring tosses and funnel cakes!3

  1. CDC - Trends in Smoking Cessation
    http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5844.pdf
  2. CDC - Health Effects of Secondhand Smoke
    http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/secondhand_smoke/health_effects/
  3. Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids http://www.tobaccofreekids.org/research/factsheets/pdf/0202.pdf
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