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NAQC Newsroom: Tobacco Control


Thursday, August 2, 2012  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov

Below please find a copy of the August 3rd Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report containing the following tobacco-related article. MMWR Highlights for these articles will be posted on CDC's Smoking and Tobacco Use Web site after the embargo lifts.

Consumption of Cigarettes and Combustible Tobacco — United States, 2000–2011

Increases in total consumption of non-cigarette smoked tobacco products have slowed the long decline in overall consumption of smoked tobacco products.

Adult consumption of all smoked tobacco products declined just 0.8 percent between 2010 and 2011. Whereas total cigarette consumption continued an 11-year downward trend with a 2.5 percent decline from 2010 to 2011, total consumption of other forms of smoked tobacco products was up more than 17 percent last year. Sharp increases in total consumption of pipe tobacco (used for roll-your-own cigarettes) and cigarette-like cigars since 2008 have offset the continuing decline in total cigarette consumption. The availability of low-priced and less-regulated alternative products to smokers who might have otherwise quit smoking has blunted the public health impact that excise tax increases and uniform regulation might otherwise have had on preventing youth initiation, reducing consumption, and prompting quit attempts.

The online version of the journal will be available after noon (EDT) on the CDC Web site at

Links: Copy of the August 2 MMWR; CDC Press Release; MMWR Highlights

Source: CDC's Office on Smoking and Health

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