Over a 12-year period, total consumption of cigarettes fell 32.8%, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in the August 3rd issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
From years 2000 to 2011, total consumption of all combustible tobacco decreased from 450.7 billion cigarette equivalents to 326.6, a 27.5% decrease; per capita consumption of all combustible tobacco products declined from 2,148 to 1,374, a 36.0% decrease.
However, while consumption of cigarettes decreased 32.8% from 2000 to 2011, consumption of loose tobacco and cigars increased 123.1% over the same period. As a result, the percentage of total combustible tobacco consumption composed of loose tobacco and cigars increased from 3.4% in 2000 to 10.4% in 2011. So, despite continued decreases in cigarette smoking in the United States, we must continue to put our foot down in the battle against nicotine addiction.
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