Blog | Thursday, August 9, 2012

QD: News Every Day--Pipes, cigars offset fall in all smoked tobaccos

Using pipes, cigars and other smoked non-cigarette tobacco products nearly doubled in the past decade, offsetting the nearly 33% drop in cigarettes during the same time period, reports the Aug. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) analyzed data from the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau to calculate consumption of cigarettes, loose tobacco, and cigars.

Last year alone, total consumption of non-cigarette smoked tobacco products rose more than 17%. Total smoked tobacco consumption fell 0.8% in 2011, compared with 3.8% in 2010.

According to the CDC, non-cigarette smoked tobacco products are cheaper because the taxes are lower, and they have fewer manufacturing and marketing restrictions than cigarettes. For example, the Food and Drug Administration prohibits the use of flavoring or misleading descriptors such as "light" or "low tar" in cigarettes, but cigars and loose tobacco are not subject to these restrictions.