Timeline of tobacco smoking and disease
This is a timeline of smoking and disease.
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|Time period||Development summary||More details|
|Before 1880||Pre-cigarette era||Tobacco is grown as early as in 6000 BC in the Americas. The European colonization of the Americas introduces tobacco in the Old continent. Policies against smoking already appear in the sixteenth century. Addiction is an early found health consequence.|
|1880 onwards||Cigarette era||Mass production of cigarettes begins after James Albert Bonsack invention of his cigarette rolling machine, which would allow production and consumption to grow tremendously until the health revelations of the late 20th century.|
|1950s onwards||Tobacco and disease||Since the 1950s, increased evidence is found linking smoking to cancer, especially lung cancer. Research on health effects of passive smoking also increases.|
Summary by decade
|Time period||Development summary|
|1920s||A rise of lung cancer prompts epidemiologic research on its causes in the United States and Europe. Initial studies find an association between lung cancer and tobacco smoking.|
|1930s||Scholars and activists in the United States become aware of increasing cancer death rates. Researchers begin to investigate the relationship using the methods of case-control epidemiology.|
|1940s||Cigarettes start being recognized as the cause of the emerging lung cancer epidemic, a very rare disease in the past.|
|1950s||Epidemiologic evidence on lung cancer and smoking becomes abundant and coherent. By the late decade, the amassing evidence that smoking causes lung cancer calls for public health action.|
|1960s||Surveys of physicians continue to show decreasing prevalence of smoking and acceptance of the hazards of cigarette smoking.|
|1970s||Researchers find solid evidence that tobacco smoking is addictive, and this behavior is found to resemble other drugs.|
|1980s||Surveys in the United States suggest that only 5–10% of physicians smoke. An increasing number of lawsuits are filed against the tobacco industry because of the harmful effects of its products. Smoking becomes politically incorrect, with more public places forbidding smoking. The tobacco industry starts marketing heavily in areas outside the U.S., especially developing countries in Asia.|
|1990s||An increasing majority of the public in Western Countries acknowledges that cigarette smoking is harmful to health.|
|Year||Disease||Inhalation type||Event type||Details||Country/region|
|6000 BC||Mainstream smoke||Tobacco consumption||Tobacco is recorded to be grown in America since about this time.||Americas|
|1400 BC–1000 BC||Tobacco consumption||Tobacco is cultivated in Mexico.||Mexico|
|1492 (October 15)||Tobacco consumption||Christopher Columbus is offered dried tobacco leaves as a gift from the American Indians that he encountered.||The Bahamas|
|1560||Tobacco consumption||Jean Nicot, the French ambassador to Lisbon, is given some seeds by Portuguese sailors returning from the New World. Nicot grows them and sends the leaves to Queen Mother Catherine de' Medici, who likes to sniff the powder made from them.||Europe|
|1563||Mainstream smoke||Medical development||Swiss doctor Conrad Gesner reports that chewing or smoking a tobacco leaf "has a wonderful power of producing a kind of peaceful drunkenness".||Switzerland|
|1571||Medical development||Spanish doctor Nicolas Monardes writes a book about the history of medicinal plants of the new world. In this he clais that tobacco could cure 36 health problems.||Spain|
|1575||Mainstream smoke||Policy||The Roman Catholic Church forbids the use of tobacco in any church in Mexico. This is one of the first documented smoking bans in history.||Mexico|
|1588||Nose cancer||Mainstream smoke||Tobacco consumption||A Virginian named Thomas Harriet promotes smoking tobacco as a viable way to get one's daily dose of it. Harriet later dies of nose cancer, as it is popular then to breathe the smoke out through the nose.||United States|
|1590||Mainstream smoke||Policy||Pope Urban VII moves against smoking in church buildings.||Italy|
|1604||Mainstream smoke||Policy||King James VI and I publishes an anti-smoking treatise, A Counterblaste to Tobacco, that would susequently have the effect of raising taxes on tobacco.|
|1610||Addiction||Mainstream smoke||Sir Francis Bacon notes that trying to quit the habit of smoking is really hard.||United Kingdom|
|1620||Mainstream smoke||Policy||Japan outlaws tobacco.||Japan|
|1624||Mainstream smoke||Policy||Pope Urban VIII issues a worldwide smoking ban, on the logic that tobacco use prompts sneezing, which too closely resembles sexual ecstasy. The pope also threatens excommunication for those who smoke or take snuff in holy places.|
|1627||Mainstream smoke||Policy||Russia bans tobacco. The ban would last 70 years.||Russia|
|1632||Mainstream smoke||Policy||12 years after the English ship Mayflower arrives on Plymouth Rock, it becomes illegal to smoke publicly in Massachusetts. The ban has more to do with the moral beliefs of the day, than health concerns about smoking tobacco.||United States|
|1632||Mainstream smoke||Policy||The first anti-smoking law in the United States is passed, when Massachusetts bans smoking in public places.||United States|
|1633||Policy||The Ottoman Sultan Murad IV prohibits smoking in his empire and has smokers executed.|
|1634||Mainstream smoke||Policy||Tsar Michael of Russia bans smoking, promising even first-time offenders whippings, floggings, a slit nose, and a one-way trip to Siberia.|
|1638||Policy||China makes the use and supply of tobacco a crime punishable by decapitation.||China|
|1674||Mainstream smoke||Policy||Smokers in Russia are deemed criminals subject to the death penalty. Two years later, the smoking ban would be lifted.||Russia|
|1723||Mainstream smoke||Policy||Smoking is banned in Berlin.||Germany|
|1760||Mainstream smoke||French–American tobacconist Pierre Abraham Lorillard establishes the Lorillard Tobacco Company in New York City to process tobacco, cigars, and snuff.||United States|
|1826||Poisoning||Scientific development||The pure form of nicotine is discovered. Soon after, scientists conclude that nicotine is a dangerous poison.|
|1836||Poisoning||Mainstream smoke, second-hand smoke||New Englander Samuel Green states that tobacco is an insecticide, a poison, and can kill a man.||United States|
|1830s||Tobacco consumption||Cigarettes start to appear in this decade.|
|1847||Tobacco consumption||Phillip Morris is established, selling hand rolled Turkish cigarettes.||United States|
|1876||Policy||The Old Government Building in Wellington, New Zealand, becomes the first building in the world to ban smoking. The ban is motivated by the threat of fire, as it is the second largest wooden building in the world.||New Zealand|
|1877||Mainstream smoke||Policy||Rutherford Hayes becomes the first United States president to ban smoking in the White House.||United States|
|1880||Mainstream smoke||James Albert Bonsack in the United States invents what is considered to be the first practical cigarette-making machine. This invention allows for a massive production of cigarettes.||United States|
|1890||Mainstream smoke||Policy||New Brunswick in Canada bans underage smoking. This would be followed by Ontario and Nova Scotia in 1892.||Canada|
|1890||Mainstream smoke||Policy||26 American states ban tobacco sales to minors. Further restrictions are imposed over the next decade.||United States|
|1891||Policy||Grand Ayatollah Mirza Mahdi al-Shirazi issues a fatwa banning Shiites from using or trading tobacco.||Iran|
|1895||Mainstream smoke||Policy||The sale of cigarettes is banned in North Dakota. Over the next twenty-six years, fourteen other statehouses, propelled by the national temperance movement, would follow suit.||United States|
|1908||Mainstream smoke||Policy||New York City passes the Sullivan Act, which bans women from smoking in public.||United States|
|1913||American businessman R. J. Reynolds begins to market a cigarette brand called Camel.||United States|
|1914||Mainstream smoke||Publication||American industrialist Henry Ford publishes a pamphlet called “The Case Against the Little White Slaver,” with a foreword by Thomas Edison, who said he didn’t employ smokers"||United States|
|1914–1918||Mainstream smoke||Tobacco consumption||The use of cigarette explodes during World War I, where cigarettes are called the "soldier's smoke".|
|1925–1935||Mainstream smoke||Smoking rates among female teenagers triple in this period, after the American Tobacco Company began to market its cigarette to women, gaining 38% of the market.||United States|
|1929||Mainstream smoke||Tobacco consumption||American business consultant Edward Bernays proposes an increase of market share for Lucky Strikes by getting women to smoke. Bernays hires models, debutantes and feminists to march down Fifth Avenue while smoking, in a “Torch of Freedom” march.||United States|
|1936||Mainstream smoke||Study||Bogen publishes study on the irritant factors in cigarette smoke, and classifies formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, and acrolein (propenal) as "irritant factors" in cigarette smoke, rating formaldehyde as a major contributor to cigarette smoke irritation.|
|1939||Lung cancer||Mainstream smoke||Study||Franz Hermann in Cologne publishes an early study correlating tobacco smoke with lung cancer.||Germany|
|1939||Mainstream smoke||Study||Ribeiro reports the presence of acrolein (propenal) in tobacco smoke.|
|1939–1945||Mainstream smoke||Tobacco consumption||During World War II cigarette sales climb to an all time high. Cigarettes are included in a soldier's C-Rations (like food). Tobacco companies send millions of cigarettes to the soldiers for free, and when these soldiers came home, the companies gain a steady stream of loyal customers.|
|1942||Mainstream smoke||Policy||Adolf Hitler directs an aggressive antismoking campaign, including heavy taxes and bans on smoking in many public places.||Germany|
|1950||Lung cancer||Mainstream smoke||Study||Five separate epidemiological studies are published in this year, all confirming that smokers of cigarettes are far more likely to contract lung cancer than non-smokers.||United States|
|1952||P. Lorillard markets its Kent brand with the "micronite" filter, which contains asbestos. The brand would be later discontinued.|
|1953||Cancer||Study||Dr. Ernst L. Wynders finds that putting cigarette tar on the backs of mice causes tumors.|
|1954||Lung cancer||Mainstream smoke||Study||Doll and Hill conclude that smokers of 35 or more cigarettes per day increase their odds of dying from lung cancer by a factor of 40.|
|1958||Cancer||Mainstream smoke||Public opinion||44 percent of people in the United States already believe smoking causes cancer.||United States|
|1958||Lung disease, heart disease||Mainstream smoke||Study||A number of medical associations warns that tobacco use is linked with both lung and heart disease.||United States|
|1959||Lung cancer||Mainstream smoke||Study||Documents show that the industry is well aware of the presence of a radioactive substance in tobacco at this time. Furthermore, the industry is not only cognizant of the potential "cancerous growth" in the lungs of regular smokers but also conducts quantitative radiobiological calculations to estimate the long-term (25 years) lung radiation absorption dose (rad) of ionizing alpha particles emitted from the cigarette smoke.|
|1960||As of date, only one-third of all doctors in the United States believe that the case against cigarettes has been established.||United States|
|1962||Heart cancer, lung cancer||Mainstream smoke||Study||A study states a conclusive link between smoking and heart and lung cancer in men. The report also states the same link is likely true for women, although women smoke at lower rates and therefore not enough data is available.|
|1964||Mainstream smoke||Statistics||Almost one-half of U.S. adults are cigarette smokers at this time, and smoking is ubiquitous in many public places, including restaurants, theaters, and airplane cabins.||United States|
|1964||Bladder cancer||Mainstream smoke||Study||A report by the Surgeon General of the United States (USDHEW 1964) notes a relationship between smoking and bladder cancer.||United States|
|1965||Mainstream smoke||Policy||Television cigarette ads are removed from the air in Great Britain.||United Kingdom|
|1966||Mainstream smoke||Policy||Health warnings on cigarette packs begin to appear.|
|1968||Lung cancer||Mainstream smoke||Study||The Surgeon General of the United States concludes that smoking causes lung cancer in women.|
|1968||Influenza||Mainstream smoke||Study||Study of 1,900 male cadets after the 1968 Hong Kong A2 influenza epidemic at a South Carolina military academy, compares thee groups: nonsmokers, heavy smokers, and light smokers. Compared with nonsmokers, heavy smokers (more than 20 cigarettes per day) had 21% more illnesses and 20% more bed rest, light smokers (20 cigarettes or fewer per day) had 10% more illnesses and 7% more bed rest."||United States|
|1968||Bravo is marketed as a non-tobacco cigarette brand. Made primarily of lettuce, it fails spectacularly.|
|1970||Second-hand smoke||Concept development||The term "passive smoking" is first used in the title of a scientific paper.|
|1971 (January 1)||Mainstream smoke||Policy||The last cigarette television advertisement is aired in the United States.||United States|
|1972||Pancreatic cancer||Mainstream smoke||Study||Surgeon General of the United States report (USDHEW 1972) notes that epidemiologic evidence demonstrates a significant association between cigarette smoking and cancer of the pancreas.||United States|
|1973||Mainstream smoke||Policy||Arizona becomes the first state to restrict smoking in some public spaces.||United States|
|1973||Mainstream smoke||Policy||The U.S. Civil Aeronautics Board orders domestic airlines to provide separate seating for smokers and nonsmokers.||United States|
|1974||Second-hand smoke||Concept development||The term "environmental tobacco smoke" can be traced back to an industry-sponsored meeting held in Bermuda.||Bermuda|
|1974||Mainstream smoke||Policy||The U.S. Interstate Commerce Commission rules that smoking be restricted to the rear 20% of seats in interstate buses.||United States|
|1974||Mainstream smoke||Policy||Connecticut enacts the first statute to restrict smoking in restaurants.||United States|
|1975||Mainstream smoke||Policy||Smoking restrictions start being put in place in the United States, with the first in Minnesota and carrying on with various local and state governments legislating smoke-free or clean indoor air laws. "In 1975 the U.S. state of Minnesota enacted the Minnesota Clean Indoor Air Act, making it the first state to restrict smoking in most public spaces. At first restaurants were required to have "No Smoking" sections, and bars were exempt from the Act"||United States|
|1975||Mainstream smoke||Policy||Italy bans smoking on public transit vehicles (except for smokers' rail carriages) and in some public buildings (hospitals, cinemas, theatres, museums, universities and libraries).||Italy|
|1975||Tooth loss||Mainstream smoke||Study||Study concludes that tooth loss is twice higher in smokers than in non-smokers|
|1977||Mainstream smoke||Caimpaign||The first national Great American Smokeout takes place. The event challenges people to quit smoking on that day, or use the day to make a plan to quit.||United States|
|1977||Mainstream smoke||Policy||Berkeley, California, becomes the first city to pass an ordinance limiting smoking in restaurants.||United States|
|1979||Pancreatic cancer||Mainstream smoke||Study||A report by the Surgeon General of the United States (USDHEW 1979) indicates that a dose-response relationship between cigarette smoking and pancreatic cancer has been demonstrated.||United States|
|1979||Influenza||Mainstream smoke||Statistics||Surveillance of a current influenza outbreak at a military base for women in Israel reveals that influenza symptoms developed in 60.0% of the current smokers vs. 41.6% of the nonsmokers.||Israel|
|1979||Mainstream smoke||Pulbication||In light to the increasing number of women who are taking up the smoking habit, the Surgeon General of the United States reports on the Health Consequences of Smoking for Women.||United States|
|1980||Mainstream smoke||Statistics||Smoking in the United States peaks to 631.5 billion cigarettes sold in the year.||United States|
|1980||Bladder cancer||Study||The United States Department of Health and Human Services report (USDHHS 1980) notes a dose-response relationship between cigarette smoking and the risk of bladder cancer.||United States|
|1980–1981||Lung disease||Second-hand smoke||Study||Scientific journals publish epidemiologic research from Greece, Japan, and the United States finding that those who breathe “environmental tobacco smoke” suffer from decreased lung function.||Greece, Japan, United States|
|1982||Kidney cancer||Study||Report by the Surgeon General of the United States concludes that cigarette smoking is a contributory factor in the development of kidney cancer.||United States|
|1982||Influenza||Mainstream smoke, second-hand smoke||Study||Study concludes that smoking may substantially contribute to the growth of influenza epidemics affecting the entire population.|
|1982||Esophageal cancer||Study||Report by the Surgeon General of the United States concludes that smoking is a major cause of esophageal cancer.||United States|
|1982||Lung cancer||Second-hand smoke||Study||The Surgeon General of the United States reports that second-hand smoke may cause lung cancer. This causes smoking in public areas to be soon restricted, especially at the workplace.|
|1985||Lung cancer||Mainstram smoke||Study||Lung cancer becomes the first killer of women, beating out breast cancer.|
|1986||Pancreatic cancer||Mainstram smoke||Study||The International Agency for Research on Cancer concludes that smoking causes cancer of the pancreas.|
|1986||Lung cancer, respiratory symptoms||Second-hand smoke||Study||Two major scientific reviews are released in the United States, the Surgeon General's report, The Health Consequences of Involuntary Smoking, and the National Academy of Science's report, Environmental Tobacco Smoke: Measuring Exposures and Assessing Health Effects, both concluding that secondhand smoke could cause lung cancer in healthy adult nonsmokers and respiratory symptoms in children.||United States|
|1986||Lung cancer, oral cancer, oropharyngeal cancer, hypopharyngeal cancer, Laryngeal cancer, esophageal cancer, bladder cancer, kidney cancer, pancreatic cancer||Mainstram smoke||Study||The International Agency for Research on Cancer Monograph on tobacco smoking considers the following cancers to be causally related to tobacco smoking: Cancers of the lung, upper aerodigestive tract (oral cancer and cancer of the oropharynx, hypopharynx, larynx and oesophagus), urinary bladder and renal pelvis and pancreas.|
|1987||Policy||The United States Congress bans smoking on all domestic flights lasting less than 2 hours.||United States|
|1988||Addiction||Mainstream smoke||Study||Study by the Surgeon General of the United States concludes that cigarettes are addicting, similar to heroin and cocaine, and that nicotine is the primary agent of addiction.||United States|
|1989||Pancreatic cancer||Mainstream smoke||Study||Report by the Surgeon General of the United States estimates that 29 percent of pancreatic cancer deaths in men and 34 percent in women could be attributed to smoking.|
|1989||Inflammatory bowel disease||Mainstream smoke||Study||Study indicates that smoking increases the risk of symptoms associated with inflammatory bowel disease.|
|1990||Mainstream smoke||Policy||Smoking is banned on all domestic flights across the United States, except to Alaska and Hawaii.||United States|
|1990||Bladder cancer||Mainstream smoke||Study||Report by the United States Department of Health and Human Services concludes that smoking causes bladder cancer.|
|1990||Lung cancer||Mainstream smoke||Study||Report by the United States Department of Health and Human Services concludes that smoking cessation reduces the risk of lung cancer compared with continued smoking.|
|1990||Pancreatic cancer||Mainstream smoke||Study||Investigations of K-ras mutations in pancreatic cancer show that the probability of mutation are significantly higher among smokers compared with nonsmokers in several studies.|
|1992||Second-hand smoke||Statistics||A review estimates that secondhand smoke exposure is responsible for 35,000 to 40,000 deaths per year in the United States in the early 1980s.||United States|
|1993 (December)||Mainstream smoke||Policy||It becomes illegal in Peru to smoke in any public enclosed places and any public transport vehicles.||Peru|
|1993||Influenza||Mainstream smoke||Study||A study of community-dwelling people 60–90 years of age, finds that 23% of smokers have clinical influenza as compared with 6% of non-smokers.|
|1994||Mainstream smoke||Policy||A number of academic medical centers in the United States adopt policies barring their faculty and staff from accepting tobacco industry support.||United States|
|1995||Mainstream smoke||Policy||California becomes the first U.S. state to ban smoking in enclosed public spaces.||United States|
|1996||Impaired vasolidation||Second-hand smoke||Study||Study associates second-hand smoke with impaired vasodilation among adult nonsmokers.|
|1997||Sudden infant death syndrome||Second-hand smoke||Study||Study associates second-hand smoke with sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).|
|1997||Behavioral effects||Mainstream smoke||Study||Medical researchers find that smoking is a predictor of divorce.|
|1998||Lung cancer||Mainstream smoke||Study||Study finds that nicotine activates the mitogen-activated protein (MAP) kinase signaling pathway in lung cancer cells.|
|1998||Behavioral effects||Mainstream smoke||Study||Study finds that smokers have a 53% greater chance of divorce than nonsmokers.|
|1999||Stress||Mainstream smoke||Study||American Psychologist states: "Smokers often report that cigarettes help relieve feelings of stress. However, the stress levels of adult smokers are slightly higher than those of nonsmokers, adolescent smokers report increasing levels of stress as they develop regular patterns of smoking, and smoking cessation leads to reduced stress. Far from acting as an aid for mood control, nicotine dependency seems to exacerbate stress. This is confirmed in the daily mood patterns described by smokers, with normal moods during smoking and worsening moods between cigarettes. Thus, the apparent relaxant effect of smoking only reflects the reversal of the tension and irritability that develop during nicotine depletion. Dependent smokers need nicotine to remain feeling normal."|
|1999||Second-hand smoke||Study||Study indicates that second-hand smoke exposure also affects platelet function, vascular endothelium, and myocardial exercise tolerance at levels commonly found in the workplace.|
|2000||Streptococcus pneumoniae||Mainstream smoke||Study||Study associates being a current smoker with a fourfold increase in the risk of invasive disease caused by the pathogenic bacteria Streptococcus pneumoniae.|
|2000||Mainstream smoke||Tobacco consumption||About 4.2 million hectares of tobacco were under cultivation worldwide in this year, yielding over seven million tons of tobacco.|
|2001||Lung cancer||Mainstream smoke||Study||A report by the Surgeon General of the United States on women and smoking concludes that “About 90 percent of all lung cancer deaths among U.S. women smokers are attributable to smoking”.||United States|
|2001||Second-hand smoke||Study||Study concludes that exposure to tobacco smoke for 30 minutes significantly reduces coronary flow velocity reserve in healthy nonsmokers.|
|2001||Squamous cell skin cancer||Mainstream smoke||Study||A study conducted in the Netherlands shows that the risk of cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma is increased by tobacco smoking.||Netherlands|
|2001||Mainstream smoke||Study (market)||Study shows that, in Jamaica, it takes 44 minutes of work, on average, to buy a pack of cigarettes, compared to 5 minutes in Japan. It’s 10 minutes in the United States.||Jamaica, Japan, United States|
|2002||Mainstream smoke||Statistics||Research in Canada shows that about 17% of deaths are due to smoking (20% in males and 12% in females).||Canada|
|2002||Cancer||Active and passive smoking||Study||A study issued by the International Agency for Research on Cancer of the World Health Organization concludes that non-smokers are exposed to the same carcinogens on account of tobacco smoke as active smokers.|
|2002||Pancreatic cancer||Mainstream smoke||Study||The International Agency for Research on Cancer again concludes that smoking causes cancer of the pancreas and that the risk for pancreatic cancer increases with the duration of smoking and the number of cigarettes smoked daily; the risk remains high after allowing for potential confounding factors such as alcohol consumption; and the risk decreases with increasing time since quitting smoking.|
|2002||Kaposi's sarcoma||Mainstream smoke||Study||A study shows that smoking increases the risk of Kaposi's sarcoma in people without HIV infection.|
|2003||Policy||India introduces a law banning smoking in public places like restaurants, public transport or schools. The same law also made it illegal to advertise cigarettes or other tobacco products.||India|
|2003 (December 3)||Mainstream smoke||Policy||New Zealand passes legislation to progressively implement a smoking ban in schools, school grounds, and workplaces by December 2004.||New Zealand|
|2003||Follicular lymphoma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma||Mainstream smoke||Study||Study estimates in a case-control study including 1,319 patients that cigarette smoking has a significant impact on the risk of follicular lymphoma but not on the risk of all non-Hodgkin lymphoma subtypes.|
|2003||Second-hand smoke||Concept development||As of year, "secondhand smoke" is the term most used to refer to other people's smoke in the English-language media.|
|2004||Asthma, allergies, and other conditions||Second-hand smoke||Study||Study associates second-hand smoke with worsening of asthma, allergies, and other conditions.|
|2004||Endometriosis||Mainstream smoke||Study||Some evidence is found for decreased rates of endometriosis in infertile smoking women.|
|2004||Bladder cancer||Mainstream smoke||Study||Study observes in a U.S. population that there is a positive association between the use of tobacco and bladder cancer and that gender does not modify this association.||United States|
|2004 (March 29)||Mainstream smoke||Policy||The Republic of Ireland implements a nationwide ban on smoking in all workplaces.||Ireland|
|2004 (June 1)||Mainstream smoke||Policy||Norway implements a nationwide ban on indoor smoking, becoming the second country to implement a nationwide ban on all indoor smoking, following Ireland by 3 months.||Norway|
|2004||Breast cancer||Second-hand smoke||Study||The International Agency for Research on Cancer concludes that there is "no support for a causal relation between involuntary exposure to tobacco smoke and breast cancer in never-smokers.|
|2004||Cancer||Second-hand smoke||Study||The International Agency for Research on Cancer concludes that "Involuntary smoking (exposure to secondhand or 'environmental' tobacco smoke) is carcinogenic to humans.|
|2004||Third-hand smoke||Study||A study measures the levels of nicotine in dust in the homes of three different groups of families. Homes where parents smoke with children present in the home have the highest levels of nicotine found in dust in all rooms of the house, including the rooms of infants and children. Homes where parents attempt to limit exposure of cigarette smoke to their children have lower levels of nicotine found in dust. Homes that have not been smoked in do not contain any traces of nicotine.|
|2004||Policy||Bhutan becomes the first country to completely outlaw the cultivation, harvesting, production, and sale of tobacco products.||Bhutan|
|2004||Irritability, jitteriness, dry mouth, rapid heart beat||Mainstream smoke||Study||Study indicates that most smokers, when denied access to nicotine, exhibit withdrawal symptoms such as irritability, jitteriness, dry mouth, and rapid heart beat.|
|2004||Mainstream smoke and second-hand smoke||Study||A study shows bars and restaurants in New Jersey have more than nine times the levels of indoor air pollution of New York City, which has already enacted its smoking ban.||United States|
|2004||Mainstream smoke||Statistics||Smoking rates decline to about 21% of Americans by this year.||United States|
|2005||Cardiovascular disease||Second-hand smoke||Study||Study concludes that secondhand tobacco smoke exposure has immediate and substantial effects on blood and blood vessels in a way that increases the risk of a heart attack, particularly in people already at risk.|
|2005||Erectile dysfunction||Mainstream smoke||Study||Study shows that smoking is a key cause of erectile dysfunction (ED).|
|2005||Second-hand smoke||Study||Study shows that inhaled sidestream smoke is about four times more toxic than mainstream smoke.|
|2005||Breast cancer||Second-hand smoke||Study||The California Environmental Protection Agency concludes that passive smoking increases the risk of breast cancer in younger, primarily premenopausal females by 70%.|
|2005||Pulmonary emphysema||Second-hand smoke||Study||Study shows that pulmonary emphysema can be induced in rats through acute exposure to sidestream tobacco smoke (30 cigarettes per day) over a period of 45 days.|
|2006||Mainstream smoke||Policy||Scottish politician Andy Kerr introduces in Scotland a ban on smoking in public areas.||United Kingdom (Scotland)|
|2006||Sudden infant death syndrome||Second-hand smoke||Study||A report by the Surgeon General of the United States concludes: "The evidence is sufficient to infer a causal relationship between exposure to secondhand smoke and sudden infant death syndrome."||United States|
|2006||Asthma||Second-hand smoke||Study||Study finds positive association between household secondhand tobacco smoke exposure and the relative risk of developing asthma during childhood.|
|2006||Sudden infant death syndrome||Second-hand smoke||Study||Study associates second-hand smoking with 430 sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) deaths in the United States annually.||United States|
|2007||Mainstream smoke||Policy||Smoking is banned in all public places in the whole of the United Kingdom.||United Kingdom|
|2007||Mainstream smoke||Cigarette advertising||As of year, only one Formula One team, Scuderia Ferrari, receives sponsorship from a tobacco company; Marlboro.|
|2007||Mainstream smoke||Public opinion||A poll by Gallup finds that 54% of Americans favour completely smoke-free restaurants, 34% favour completely smoke-free hotel rooms, and 29% favour completely smoke-free bars.||United States|
|2007||Low birth weight||Active and passive smoking||Study||Study suggests that environmental tobacco smoke exposure and maternal smoking during pregnancy cause lower infant birth weights.|
|2007||Mainstream smoke||Study||Study suggests that smoking increases levels of liver enzymes that break down drugs and toxins. That means that drugs cleared by these enzymes are cleared more quickly in smokers, which may result in the drugs not working. Specifically, levels of CYP1A2 and CYP2A6 are induced.|
|2008 (December)||Mainstream smoke||Public opinion||Gallup poll, of over 26,500 Europeans, finds that "a majority of EU citizens support smoking bans in public places, such as offices, restaurants and bars. The poll further finds that "support for workplace smoking restrictions is slightly higher than support for such restrictions in restaurants (84% vs. 79%). Two-thirds support smoke-free bars, pubs and clubs.||Europe|
|2008||Neurobehavioral effects||Second-hand smoking||Study||Study identifies neurobehavioral effects of second-hand smoking.|
|2008||Endometrial cancer||Study||A meta-analysis of 34 studies notes that endometrial cancer, which is considered as one of the most common female genital tumors, is negatively associated with ever smoking.|
|2008 (September)||Inflammatory bowel disease||Second-hand smoke||Study||Study suggests that prenatal and childhood passive smoke exposure does not appear to increase the risk of inflammatory bowel disease.|
|2008 (October)||Tooth decay||Second-hand smoke||Study||Study finds an increase in tooth decay (as well as related salivary biomarkers) associated with passive smoking in children.|
|2008 (October)||Mainstream smoke||Policy||India introduces a ban on smoking in public.||India|
|2008||Mainstream smoke and second-hand smoke||Statistics||More than 161,000 deaths attributed to lung cancer are counted in the year in the United States. Of these deaths, an estimated 10% to 15% are caused by factors other than first-hand smoking; equivalent to 16,000 to 24,000 deaths annually. Slightly more than half of the lung cancer deaths caused by factors other than first-hand smoking are found in nonsmokers. Clinical epidemiology of lung cancer links the primary factors closely tied to lung cancer in non-smokers as exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke, carcinogens including radon, and other indoor air pollutants.||United States|
|2008||Death||Mainstream smoke||Study||The World Health Organization names tobacco use as the world's single greatest preventable cause of death.|
|2009 (July 1)||Mainstream smoke||Policy||Ireland prohibits the advertising and display of tobacco products in all retail outlets.||Ireland|
|2009||Third-hand smoke||Study||The term "third-hand smoke" is coined to identify the residual tobacco smoke contamination that remains after the cigarette is extinguished and secondhand smoke has cleared from the air.|
|2009||Myocardial infarction||Mainstream smoke||Study||A systematic review and meta-analysis find that bans on smoking in public places are associated with a significant reduction of incidence of heart attacks.|
|2009||Coronary heart disease||Mainstream smoke||Study||A report by the U.S. Institute of Medicine concludes that smoking bans reduce the risk of coronary heart disease and heart attacks, but the report's authors are unable to identify the magnitude of this reduction.||United States|
|2009||Atherosclerosis||Second-hand smoke||Study||Epidemiological studies show that both active and passive cigarette smoking increase the risk of atherosclerosis.|
|2009||Pancreatic cancer||Mainstream smoke||Study||Study shows that current smokers are diagnosed with pancreas cancer six to eight years sooner than never-smokers.|
|2010||Philip Morris v. Uruguay||Uruguay|
|2010||Second-hand smoke||Study||Studies comparing females exposed to Environmental Tobacco Smoke and non-exposed females, demonstrate that females exposed while pregnant have higher risks of delivering a child with congenital abnormalities, longer lengths, smaller head circumferences, and low birth weight.|
|2010||Third-hand smoke||Study||Study suggests that by-products of third-hand smoke may pose a health risk.|
|2010||Third-hand smoke||Study||A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences finds that nicotine residue which coats smokers as well as interior car or room surfaces can react with nitrous acid present in the air to create tobacco-specific nitrosamines, carcinogens found in tobacco products. It is also found that ensuring ventilation while a cigarette is smoked does not eliminate the deposition of third-hand smoke in an enclosed space, according to the study's authors.|
|2010–2011||Third-hand smoke||Study||Studies show that humans can be exposed to third-hand smoke through inhalation, skin contact, or ingestion. There are also many surfaces that can accumulate THS compounds. Common surfaces that humans come into contact with daily include couches, furniture, curtains, and car seats. THS is thought to potentially cause the greatest harm to infants and young children because younger children are more likely to put their hands in their mouths or be cuddled up to a smoker with toxins on their skin and clothes. Infants also crawl on the floor and eat from their hands without washing them first, ingesting the toxins into their still developing systems.|
|2011 (May 31)||Mainstream smoke||Policy||Venezuela introduces a restriction upon smoking in enclosed public and commercial spaces.||Venezuela|
|2011 (July)||Mainstream smoke||Public opinion||A Gallup poll reports that for the first time, a majority of Americans (59%) support a ban on smoking in all public places.||United States|
|2011 (October)||Third-hand smoke||Policy||Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital in Alexandria, Louisiana seeks to eliminate third-hand smoke and forbids its employees to work if their clothing smells of smoke. This prohibition is enacted after it is known that third-hand smoke poses a special danger for the developing brains of infants and small children.||United States|
|2011||Stroke||Second-hand smoke||Study||Study strongly associates passive smoking with an increased risk of stroke, and this increased risk is disproportionately high at low levels of exposure."|
|2011||Breast cancer||Mainstream smoke||Study||Study finds that smokers exhibit an increased risk for breast cancer when compared to never-smokers.|
|2011||Stillbirth, congenital malformation||Active and passive smoking||Study||Study associates stillbirth and congenital malformations in children.|
|2011||Second-hand smoke||Study||A commentary in Environmental Health Perspectives argues that research into "thirdhand smoke" renders it inappropriate to refer to passive smoking with the term "secondhand smoke", which the authors state constitutes a pars pro toto.|
|2012||Cancer||Mainstream smoke||Study||According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 22% of cancer-deaths are attributable to tobacco use.|
|2012||Pancreatic cancer||Second-hand smoke||Study||A Study finds no evidence that passive smoking is associated with an increased risk of pancreatic cancer.|
|2012||Middle ear infection||Second-hand smoke||Study||Study associates second-hand smoke with increased risk of middle ear infections.|
|2012 (March)||Mainstream smoke||Policy||Brazil becomes the first country in the world to ban all flavored tobacco, including menthols. The majority of the estimated 600 additives used are also banned, permitting only eight. This regulation applies to domestic and internationally imported cigarettes.||Brazil|
|2013||Lung cancer||Second-hand smoke||Study||Study shows that passive smoking is a risk factor for lung cancer.|
|2013||Third-hand smoke||Concept development||A study with six focus groups in metro and rural Georgia (USA) asks participants whether they have heard of third-hand smoke. Most of the participants have not heard about it and does not know what third-hand smoke is.|
|2013||Neural tube defects||Second-hand smoke||Study||Study associates maternal exposure to secondhand smoke exposure during pregnancy with an increased risk of neural tube defects.|
|2013||Cognitive impairment, dementia||Second-hand smoke||Study||Study concludes that exposure to secondhand smoke may increase the risk of cognitive impairment and dementia in adults 50 and over.|
|2013||DNA damage||Third-hand smoke||Study||Study suggests that thirdhand smoke causes DNA damage in human cells.|
|2014||Lung cancer||Mainstream smoke||Study||A review finds that smoking cannabis doubles the risk of lung cancer, though cannabis is in many countries commonly mixed with tobacco.|
|2013||Prostate cancer||Mainstream smoke||Study||Study suggests that current smokers have a reduced risk of prostate cancer compared with never-smokers.|
|2014||Learning difficulties, developmental delays, executive function problems||Second-hand smoke||Study||Study associates second-hand smoke with learning difficulties, developmental delays, and executive function problems.|
|2014||Sinusitis||Second-hand smoke||Study||The majority of studies find a significant association between secondhand smoke exposure and sinusitis.|
|2014||Miscarriage||Second-hand smoke||Study||A meta-analysis finds that maternal secondhand smoke exposure increases the risk of miscarriage by 11%.|
|2014||Allergic diseases||Second-hand smoke||Study||A systematic review and meta-analysis find that passive smoking is associated with a slightly increased risk of allergic diseases among children and adolescents. The evidence for an association is weaker for adults.|
|2015 (January)||Sleep disordered breathing||Second-hand smoke||Study||Most studies find a significant association between passive smoking and sleep disordered breathing in children.|
|2015||Type 2 diabetes||Second-hand smoke||Study||A study associates second-hand smoke with type 2 diabetes.|
|2015||Asthma||Second-hand smoke||Study||Study associates second-hand smoke exposure with an almost doubled risk of hospitalization for asthma exacerbation among children with asthma.|
|2015||Orofacial cleft||Second-hand smoke||Study||A study suggests that maternal passive smoking increases the risk of non-syndromic orofacial clefts by 50% among their children.|
|2015||Diabetes||Second-hand smoke||Study||Study indicates that it remains unclear whether the association between passive smoking and diabetes is causal.|
|2015||Meningococcal disease||Second-hand smoke||Study||Study associates second-hand smoke with invasive meningococcal disease.|
|2015||Mainstream smoke||Study||A study finds that about 17% of mortality due to cigarette smoking in the United States is due to diseases other than those usually believed to be related.||United States|
|2015||Psychosis||Mainstram smoke||Study||A meta-analysis finds that smokers are at greater risk of developing psychotic illness.|
|2015||Breast cancer||Second-hand smoke||Study||A meta-analysis finds that the evidence that passive smoking moderately increases the risk of breast cancer has become "more substantial than a few years ago."|
|2015||Tuberculosis||Second-hand smoke||Study||Review suggests that passive smoking may increase the risk of tuberculosis infection and accelerate the progression of the disease, but the evidence remains weak.|
|2015||Cervical cancer||Second-hand smoke||Study||An overview of systematic reviews finds that exposure to secondhand smoke increases the risk of cervical cancer.|
|2015||Depression||Second-hand smoke||Study||Study suggests that exposure to secondhand smoke is associated with an increased risk of depressive symptoms.|
|2015||Mainstream smoke||Statistics||It is calculated than more than 1.1 billion individuals worldwide smoked tobacco in this year.||Worldwide|
|2016 (January)||Mainstream smoke||Policy||Turkmenistan president Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov reportedly bans all tobacco sales in the country.||Turkmenistan|
|2016||Bladder cancer||Second-hand smoke||Study||A study finds that secondhand smoke exposure is associated with a significant increase in the risk of bladder cancer.|
|2016||Third-hand smoke||Study||A study is done to look at how long third-hand smoke (THS) stay in three different fabrics over a timespan of 72 hours and post washing. The three different fiber types include wool, cotton, and polyester. Levels of THS are measured using a self-designed surface acoustic wave gas sensor (SAW) which measures a frequency change when a compound is laid down on the surface of the sensor. The results of this study find that third-hand smoke tends to stay in wool the most right after smoking and polyester the least. Wool has the slowest desorption while polyester has the fastest. Also, the study concludes that even though doing laundry and washing these fibers with detergent is an effective way to get rid of some of the smoke, there is still a remaining THS residue left on all the fibers.|
|2016||Atopic dermatitis||Second-hand smoke||Study||A systematic review and meta-analysis find that passive smoking is associated with a higher rate of atopic dermatitis.|
|2016||Cognitive deficits||Study||Study reports that children exposed to secondhand smoke show reduced vocabulary and reasoning skills when compared with non-exposed children as well as more general cognitive and intellectual deficits.|
|2016||Periodontitis||Second-hand smoke||Study||A study associates second-hand smoke with a possible increased risk of periodontitis.|
|2016||Second-hand smoke||Study||A systematic review and meta-analysis find that passive smoking is associated with a higher rate of atopic dermatitis.|
|2016||Third-hand smoke||Study||According to a study conducted by Northrup, 22% of infants and children are exposed to second-hand smoke, and third-hand smoke in their homes each year, comprising a major proportion of the 126 million nonsmokers exposed to harmful tobacco products annually.|
|2016 (October)||Cardiovascular disease||Second-hand smoke||Study||Study associates second-hand smoke with adverse effects on the cardiovascular system of children.|
|2017||Second-hand smoke||Study||As of date, passive smoking causes about 900,000 deaths a year, which is about 1/8 of all deaths caused by smoking.|
|2017||Anesthesia complications||Second-hand smoke||Study||Study associates second-hand smoke with anesthesia complications and some negative surgical outcomes.|
|2017||Squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma||Mainstream smoke||Study||Study including almost 44,000 individuals finds an increased risk of squamous cell carcinoma and a decreased risk of basal cell carcinoma in current smokers compared to never-smokers.|
|2017||Third-hand smoke||Study||A paper uses the concept of "cessation imperative", explaining that the only way to fully protect people from exposure to thirdhand smoke is for smokers to quit smoking because even smoking in places when others are not present can expose people to tobacco smoke contaminants.|
|2018||Non-communicable disease||Mainstream smoke||Statistics||Study finds that 18% of noncommunicable disease (NCD) deaths are attributable to tobacco use in the European Region, meaning almost 1 in 5 premature NCD deaths could be avoided by eliminating tobacco use.||WHO European Region|
|2018||Mainstream smoke||Study||A report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine concludes, “while it is biologically plausible that nicotine can act as a tumor promoter, the existing body of evidence indicates this is unlikely to translate into increased risk of human cancer.”|
|2018||Mainstream smoke||As of year, 169 states have signed the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), which governs international tobacco control.||Worldwide|
|2019||Mainstream smoke||Study||The Surgeon General of the United States announces a link between serious disease and e-cigarettes, an alternative to smoking in which traditional tobacco companies heavily invest.||United States|
|2019||Tracheal cancer, bronchus cancer, lung cancer||Mainstream smoke||Study||The report from WHO/Europe “European tobacco use – trends report 2019” notes that almost 9 in 10 deaths (including premature deaths) from trachea, bronchus and lung cancer in the European Region are related to tobacco. In other words, 90% of lung cancers could be avoided by eliminating tobacco use.||WHO European Region|
|2025||Program||New Zealand hopes to achieve being tobacco-free by this year.||New Zealand|
|2035||Mainstream smoke||Program||The British Medical Assocation establishes the goal of a smokeless Britain by this year.||United Kingdom|
|2040||Mainstream smoke||Program||Finland hopes to achieve being tobacco-free by this year.||Finland|
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