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

Thursday, August 9, 2012  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. MMWR Weekly. August 3, 2012;61(30):565-69.
CDC used data from the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau to calculate consumption for cigarettes, roll-your-own tobacco, pipe tobacco and cigars for 2000 to 2011. Over this period, total consumption of all combustible tobacco declined by 27.5%. However, while consumption of cigarettes declined by 32.8%, consumption of non-cigarette combustible tobacco increase by 123%. The largest increases were in pipe tobacco (482%) and large cigars (233%). Thus, overall combustible tobacco consumption decreased, but not as much as cigarette consumption; while consumption of non-cigarette combustibles doubled. Other studies show that among youth and young adults, cigar use and simultaneous use of multiple tobacco products is even higher. 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.

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