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August 3, 2012 Americans are consuming less tobacco overall, but public-health officials aren’t patting themselves on the back just yet. While cigarette consumption continues to decrease — dropping 33% from 2000 to 2011 — government data reveal a worrying new trend: a 123% increase in the consumption of other smokable tobacco products like cigars and pipes. The findings are reported in this week’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which tracks “combustible” tobacco consumption since 2000. The data suggest that while consumption is declining overall, some cigarette smokers are simply switching to cigars and other types of tobacco to get their nicotine fix, because these products aren’t taxed the same way as cigarettes and are therefore cheaper.
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