Tobacco Facts

Barbara J. Feldman

According to the American Lung Association, cigarette smoking is the most preventable cause of death and illness worldwide. Today’s roundup of sites have all the facts and figures to help you understand the problem and become part of the solution. Smoking kills. Pass it on.

  • Above the Influence: Tobacco Facts4 stars

    "Our goal is to help you stay above the influence. The more aware you are of the influences around you, the better prepared you will be to stand up to the pressures that keep you down." Created by the Office of National Drug Control Policy, this site has facts about all kinds of drugs, from alcohol to tobacco, and a great explanation of the Science Behind Addiction. Although tobacco gets only a single page, I've included it because the rest of the site is worth a visit (or two!)

  • American Lung Association: Facts & Figures5 stars

    This ALA page is a gateway to seven pages of tobacco statistics, including General Smoking Facts, What's in a Cigarette and Trends in Tobacco Use. If you are looking for a specific fact or statistic, this would be my first stop, as it is the most comprehensive of today's picks. "Smoking-related diseases claim an estimated 443,000 American lives each year, including those affected indirectly, such as babies born prematurely due to prenatal maternal smoking and victims of 'secondhand' exposure to tobacco's carcinogens."

  • The Scoop on Smoking5 stars

    Ouch! "Smoking kills as many people who died in the Septemeber 11th attack (about 3,000) every three days." That's a slap in the face, isn't it? The Scoop on Smoking, from The American Council on Science and Health, is brimming with facts about tobacco and its consequences. Visit to explore Health Effects, True Stories, How to Quit and to take a few of the quizzes. "If you thought that lung cancer was the only type of cancer smokers have an increased risk of getting, think again. See how tobacco savvy you are by taking this quiz about the different types of cancer associated with smoking."

  • Truth's FACTory: Facts5 stars

    "In the past, Big Tobacco fooled the general public into believing they're just another industry providing a safe consumable good. But that has changed now that secret internal tobacco industry documents have been leaked to the public." Funded by The American Legacy Foundation, a public health organization created as a result of lawsuits against tobacco companies, Truth pulls back the curtain of marketing to reveal the facts about tobacco. Visit to watch their funky ads and play their weird online games.

  • Why Files: Nicotine Junkies4 stars

    This National Institute for Science Education project is funded by the National Science Foundation. Visit for the "fumin' fact sheet on smoking science", a look at how the chemicals in tobacco affect the brain, and how cigarette advertising affects children. "Most new smokers are young. The median age of starters is 16 to 17. And with so many smokers dying or quitting, the industry must "replace" 3,000 former smokers each day just to maintain its customer base. Tobacco representatives deny that the industry markets to kids, but public-health experts disagree."

  • Honorable Mentions

    The following links are either new discoveries or sites that didn't make it into my newspaper column because of space constraints. Enjoy!

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  • Feldman, Barbara. "Tobacco Facts." Surfnetkids. Feldman Publishing. 18 Jan. 2011. Web. 4 Dec. 2014. < >.

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  • By . Originally published January 18, 2011. Last modified March 9, 2014.

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