Cigarette Users Turning To Cheaper Tobacco Alternatives

June 11, 2008

According to a new study carried out by the Harvard School of Public Health, declines in cigarette sales have not led to less tobacco users.  It appears that the decline in sales has been matched by an increase in non-cigarette tobacco products such as cigars.New York (ChattahBox) – According to a new study carried out by the Harvard School of Public Health, declines in cigarette sales have not led to less tobacco users. It appears that the decline in sales has been matched by an increase in non-cigarette tobacco products such as cigars.

Federal government data from 2000 to 2007 was used in the study.

It found that cigarette sales decreased by 18% from 21.1 billion packs of cigarettes to 17.4 billion packs.

Non-cigarette tobacco products saw a sales increase though equal to 1.1 billion packs of cigarettes.

The most common tobacco alternatives included moist snuff, roll-your-own tobacco, and small cigars.

The reason as to why people are leaving cigarettes and going to alternative tobacco products is likely due to the rising costs of cigarettes with taxes.

The study has been published in the June 11 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.


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