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Tuesday, 15 April 2014


The cigarette lighter was invented in 1816, while the match was invented eleven years later in 1827.

Philip Morris launched the Marlboro brand in 1924.  The name was taken from a street in London where PM's British factory was located.

While filming The Wizard of Oz, 16-year-old Judy Garland was put on a strict diet that included smoking 80 cigarettes a day to suppress her appetite.

Marlboro cigarettes were originally designed as a women's cigarette, based on the slogan "Mild As May". The iconic red stripe was intended to hide lipstick stains, thus making it appealing to women. When it failed to attract women, the company changed the filter color to a muted brown, slapped a cowboy on it and marketed it to men.

The Flintstones was originally aimed at older viewers, airing at 8.30pm on Friday nights. And in the early days it was sponsored by a cigarette company - so Fred and company could occasionally be seen relaxing with a smoke over the closing credits.

In 1964 US. Surgeon General Luther Terry issued the first government report saying smoking may be hazardous to human health.

President Lyndon Johnson signed legislation in 1965 requiring cigarette packages and adverts to display a health warning from the US. Surgeon General.

Throughout the 1960s Michael Caine was by his own estimation smoking at least eighty cigarettes a day. He quit smoking cigarettes following a stern lecture from Tony Curtis at a party in 1971.

John Wayne smoked six packs of cigarettes a day.

President Richard Nixon signed the Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act into law on April 1, 1970, requiring the Surgeon General's warnings on tobacco products and banning cigarette advertisements on television and radio in the United States. The last cigarette ad appeared on the New Year’s Day football games in 1971.

Surgeon General's warning on a cigarette pack, 2012.

Daniel Radcliffe was nicknamed "Harry Puffer" by his Harry Potter co-stars for having the so-called "20-a-day cigarette habit."

The top five countries for cigarette smoking per head of population are Montenegro, Belarus, Lebanon, Macedonia and Russia.

A monkey was once tried and convicted for smoking a cigarette in South Bend, Indiana.

Birds that live in cities have learned to line their nests with cigarette butts. Nicotine is a powerful insecticide that wards off mites, lice and fleas.

One cigarette contains enough toxic ingredients to kill a person if those ingredients were directly injected into bloodstream.

Research has indicated that approximately eleven minutes are cut off the life of an average male smoker from each cigarette smoked.

Second hand tobacco smoke contributes to more than 50,000 deaths per year in the US alone.

In the United States cigarette smoking is thought to be responsible for nearly half the cancer cases considered to be environmentally caused and for almost one third of the cancer deaths overall of men.

The country with the greatest cigarette consumption in the world is China where there are 350 million smokers. One million deaths a year there are attributed to smoking, according to the World Health Organisation.

The average adult in China smokes 4,124 cigarettes a year, the world’s highest figure.

In China, cigarette companies are allowed to sponsor schools, with slogans like "Genius comes from hard work. Tobacco helps you become talented."

In 2014 alone, smokers lit up more than 5.8 trillion cigarettes. 1.7 trillion cigarettes were consumed by Chinese smokers alone. .

Not accounting for inflation, a person who smoked a pack a day for 51 years would spend $111,690 on cigarettes.

Cigarettes are the single-most traded item on the planet, with approximately 1 trillion being sold from country to country each year

Source Daily Express

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