Americans Ditch Cigarettes for Pipes, Cigars

Cigarette consumption falls nearly 33% over 12 years
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 5, 2012 4:21 PM CDT
Smoke curls around a cigar as a smoker enjoys a cigar at a shop in Richmond, Va., Wednesday, June 20, 2012.   (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

(Newser) – Smoking less these days? You're not alone: US cigarette consumption has dropped nearly 33% over the past dozen years, according to a CDC report. But Americans are making up for it by puffing on far more cigars and pipes. In fact, large-cigar consumption jumped more than 300%. And pipe tobacco sales skyrocketed by over 600% from 2008 to 2011, when tax changes made pipe tobacco cheaper than roll-your-own, ABC News reports.

An interesting tidbit: Consumption of small cigars has also dropped, but only because manufacturers have increased their size to make them classified as large cigars that are taxed at a lower rate, the New York Times reports. Overall, Americans are smoking about what they used to. "When we take into account these alternative cigarette-like products, we’re seeing a lack of change in the overall consumption of burned tobacco that is being inhaled,” says a CDC official. (Read more cigarettes stories.)

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