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Cigarette smoking down, tobacco use up

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention fired off a good-news, bad-news press release Thursday, explaining that while cigarette consumption continued an 11-year downward trend with a 2.5 percent decline from 2010 to 2011, consumption of pipe tobacco and cigars rose like a plume of smoke.

From 2000 to 2011, use of pipe tobacco climbed a whopping 482 percent and consumption of large cigars rose 233 percent.

The increase in cigars, according to the CDC, was due largely to tobacco manufacturers adding weight to many small cigars so they can be classified as large cigars. Why does that matter? It enables them to avoid higher taxes and regulation, while retaining a size and shape similar to cigarettes.

Published: Thursday, August 02, 2012

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