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  • 35 -- The cost, in dollars, of a single pack of cigarettes when you consider future health care costs, according to the latest edition of the "Tobacco Atlas." Source: "Tobacco Use Claimed 6 Million Lives in 2011, Report Shows," CBS News.
  • 50,000,000 -- The number of people who have died from tobacco use since the American Cancer Society and World Lung Foundation presented the first edition of the "Tobacco Atlas" in 2002. Source: "Tobacco Use Claimed 6 Million Lives in 2011, Report Shows," CBS News.
  • 43,000,000,000,000 -- The number of cigarettes that have been smoked since the American Cancer Society and World Lung Foundation presented the first edition of the "Tobacco Atlas" in 2002. Source: "Tobacco Use Claimed 6 Million Lives in 2011, Report Shows," CBS News.
  • 35,100,000,000 -- The combined profits, in dollars, of the six biggest tobacco companies in 2012, according to the latest edition of the "Tobacco Atlas." That's about equal to the combined profits of Coca-Cola, McDonald's, and Microsoft. Source: "Tobacco Use Claimed 6 Million Lives in 2011, Report Shows," CBS News.
  • 80 -- The percentage of deaths from tobacco use that occur in low- and middle-income countries, according to the latest edition of the "Tobacco Atlas." Source: "Tobacco Use Claimed 6 Million Lives in 2011, Report Shows," CBS News.
  • 3,800 -- The estimate number of teenagers who pick up their first cigarette every day in the United States, according to the latest edition of the "Tobacco Atlas." Source: "Tobacco Use Claimed 6 Million Lives in 2011, Report Shows," CBS News.
  • 90 -- The percentage of current smokers in the United States who started before the age of 18, according to the latest edition of the "Tobacco Atlas." Source: "Tobacco Use Claimed 6 Million Lives in 2011, Report Shows," CBS News.
  • 160 -- The number of feet that Christi "LynX" Rougoor bungee jumped with a company called 9Lives Adventure -- while in her wheelchair. Rougoor, a paraplegic, has been confined to her wheelchair ever since a motocross accident at 21. Source: "Paraplegic Woman Christi Rougoor Bungee Jumps Off Bridge in Wheelchair," CBS News.
  • 220,000,000 -- The amount, in dollars, that Bloomberg Philanthropies has added to its anti-smoking efforts, which focus on fighting tobacco use in low- to moderate-income nations. Source: "A.M. Vitals: Lawmakers Target 'Gray Market' in Prescription Drugs," the Wall Street Journal.
  • 300,000,000 -- The amount, in dollars, that Paul G. Allen, a co-founder of Microsoft, donated to a project seeking to map the human brain's circuitry. Source: "A.M. Vitals: Lawmakers Target 'Gray Market' in Prescription Drugs," the Wall Street Journal.
  • 8,800,000 -- The number of people who contracted tuberculosis in 2010, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Source: "Tuberculosis Is Still a Deadly Threat Worldwide, Especially in Areas With High HIV Rates," CBS News.
  • 95 -- The percentage of tuberculosis deaths that occur in low- and middle-income countries, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Source: "Tuberculosis Is Still a Deadly Threat Worldwide, Especially in Areas With High HIV Rates," CBS News.
  • 10 -- The approximate percentage of Chinese adults who are diabetic, roughly the same proportion as found in the United States, and up from just one percent at recently at 1980. Source: "China Diabetics Raise Stakes for Healthcare Reform," Reuters.
  • 17,000,000,000 -- Annual spending, in dollars, on diabetes in China. Source: "China Diabetics Raise Stakes for Healthcare Reform," Reuters.
  • 465,000,000,000 -- The amount, in dollars, spent annually on diabetes around the world. Source: "China Diabetics Raise Stakes for Healthcare Reform," Reuters.
  • 320 -- The annual cost, in dollars, of basic medicine in China meant to keep diabetes under control. Source: "China Diabetics Raise Stakes for Healthcare Reform," Reuters.
  • 71 -- The age of former Vice President Dick Cheney when he had a heart transplant on Saturday, March 24, according to an aide. The family does not know the identity of the donor. Source: "Aide Says Dick Cheney Had Heart Transplant," the Associated Press.
  • 20 -- The number of months that former Vice President Dick Cheney had to wait to receive a heart transplant. Source: "Aide Says Dick Cheney Had Heart Transplant," the Associated Press.
  • 9,637 -- The number of registered medical marijuana patients in California, which works out to just 2.6 per 10,000 people in the state. Source: "Number of People Registered as Medical Marijuana Patients, by State," the Associated Press.
  • 82,089 -- The number of registered medical marijuana patients in Colorado, which works out to 163.2 per 10,000 people in the state. Source: "Number of People Registered as Medical Marijuana Patients, by State," the Associated Press.
  • 57,386 -- The number of registered medical marijuana patients in Oregon, which works out to 149.8 per 10,000 people in the state. Source: "Number of People Registered as Medical Marijuana Patients, by State," the Associated Press.
  • 14,364 -- The number of registered medical marijuana patients in Montana, which works out to 145.2 per 10,000 people in the state. Source: "Number of People Registered as Medical Marijuana Patients, by State," the Associated Press.
  • 131,483 -- The number of registered medical marijuana patients in Michigan, which works out to 133 per 10,000 people in the state. Source: "Number of People Registered as Medical Marijuana Patients, by State," the Associated Press.
  • 11,695 -- The number of registered medical marijuana patients in Hawaii, which works out to 86 per 10,000 people in the state. Source: "Number of People Registered as Medical Marijuana Patients, by State," the Associated Press.
  • 4,466 -- The number of registered medical marijuana patients in Rhode Island, which works out to 42.4 per 10,000 people in the state. Source: "Number of People Registered as Medical Marijuana Patients, by State," the Associated Press.
  • 22,037 -- The number of registered medical marijuana patients in Arizona, which works out to 34.5 per 10,000 people in the state. Source: "Number of People Registered as Medical Marijuana Patients, by State," the Associated Press.
  • 4,310 -- The number of registered medical marijuana patients in New Mexico, which works out to 20.9 per 10,000 people in the state. Source: "Number of People Registered as Medical Marijuana Patients, by State," the Associated Press.
  • 2,708 -- The number of registered medical marijuana patients in Maine, which works out to just 20.4 per 10,000 people in the state. Source: "Number of People Registered as Medical Marijuana Patients, by State," the Associated Press.
  • 3,388 -- The number of registered medical marijuana patients in Nevada, which works out to just 12.5 per 10,000 people in the state. Source: "Number of People Registered as Medical Marijuana Patients, by State," the Associated Press.
  • 505 -- The number of registered medical marijuana patients in Vermont, which works out to just 8.1 per 10,000 people in the state. Source: "Number of People Registered as Medical Marijuana Patients, by State," the Associated Press.
  • 538 -- The number of registered medical marijuana patients in Alaska, which works out to just 7.6 per 10,000 people in the state. Source: "Number of People Registered as Medical Marijuana Patients, by State," the Associated Press.
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