Navigation Links
Smokers Drop Pricey Cigarettes for Cheaper Alternatives: CDC
Date:8/2/2012

By Steven Reinberg
HealthDay Reporter

THURSDAY, Aug. 2 (HealthDay News) -- With cigarette costs rising, more smokers are turning to cigars or "rolling their own" to cut costs, suggests a new U.S. government report that shows a substantial increase in the use of non-cigarette tobacco products.

Cigarette smoking continues to decline, according to the report released Thursday.

A modest 2.5 percent drop in cigarette use occurred between 2010 and 2011, but use of other tobacco products jumped 17 percent, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"What we have seen is the steady progress in reducing the consumption of the most dangerous forms of tobacco, which are inhaled combustible products, stalled because there had been a substitute of roll-your-own and cigarette-like cigars that have increased in recent years due to loopholes in the tax structure," said Terry Pechacek, associate director for science in the CDC's Office of Smoking and Health.

"Smokers overall and youth in particular are price-sensitive and respond to the availability of something that is cheaper that fills their desire for a smokable product," he added.

Pechacek noted that small cigars that look like cigarettes except for a dark paper label have been reformulated to bypass the tax law that covers cigarettes. "These are available for like $1.40 a pack," he said. Nationwide, a pack of cigarettes averages $5.98, according to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

These products are also not subject to U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulations on flavoring and labeling products "light" or "low tar" as cigarettes are, but are just as "lethal and dangerous as cigarettes," Pechacek said.

The findings were published in the CDC's Aug. 3 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Since 2008, the dramatic increase in cigar smoking and the use of pipe tobacco for roll-your-own cigarettes has offset the decline in cigarette smoking, the agency says.

The availability of these low-priced, less-regulated products has blunted the impact of cigarette tax increases and regulations that might have prevented kids from starting to smoke, reduced smoking overall and encouraged people to quit, the CDC says.

Highlights of the report include:

  • A 33 percent drop in cigarette smoking from 2000 to 2011.
  • A 123 percent increase in non-cigarette tobacco use from 2000 to 2011.
  • A 482 percent increase in pipe tobacco consumption from 2000 to 2011.
  • A 233 percent increase in large cigar smoking from 2000 to 2011.

Danny McGoldrick, vice president for research at the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, said that "the report shows the length tobacco companies will go to, to manipulate their products to avoid taxes and avoid regulation in order to keep smokers smoking and to attract new users."

For example, to avoid regulations and taxes, companies have called roll-your-own tobacco "pipe tobacco," but it's really the same cigarette tobacco relabeled, McGoldrick said.

To avoid the tax on small cigars, the tobacco companies are calling these cigarette-like cigars "large cigars," which aren't taxed at the same high rate, he said.

They do this by adding weight to the product and by adding a little tobacco to the paper wrap, which lets them define these products as large cigars, McGoldrick said.

"The solution is to equalize the tax on all tobacco products," he said. "Every time we take a step to reduce smoking, the companies will do something to get around it."

Dr. Norman Edelman, chief medical officer at the American Lung Association, said his group "takes pride in the reduction in cigarette consumption, as our efforts have played an important role in getting taxes on cigarettes raised, and in getting the FDA its present regulatory role with regard to tobacco products.

But with the findings from the new report, "it is clear that our work is not yet done; the tax code and FDA's effectiveness have to be strengthened and rationalized, and of course we must continue our efforts in our successful smoking cessation programs," Edelman said. "The public should bear in mind that, by far, tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S., exceeding 400,000 deaths per year."

More information

To learn more about how to quit smoking, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

SOURCES: Terry Pechacek, Ph.D., associate director for science, Office of Smoking and Health, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Danny McGoldrick, vice president for research, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Washington, D.C.; Norman H. Edelman, M.D., chief medical officer, American Lung Association; Aug. 3, 2012, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Vitamin D May Delay Deterioration of Smokers Lungs: Study
2. Vitamin D may protect against lung function impairment and decline in smokers
3. Current and former smokers at risk for recurrent hepatitis post-liver transplantation
4. New Electronic Cigarette Free Trial Kit Adds More Years to Smokers Life by Making it Easy to Quit Smoking
5. A better way to help high-risk pregnant smokers
6. Graphic Cig Pack Labels Make Smokers Think, Study Finds
7. Graphic warning labels improve smokers recall of warning and health risks related to smoking
8. Genes Might Help Some Smokers Kick the Habit
9. Use of Smokers Lungs for Transplant Has Pros, Cons
10. Hot Flashes More Likely for Certain Smokers, Study Says
11. Joint-Replacement Failure Rate Higher for Smokers: Studies
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Smokers Drop Pricey Cigarettes for Cheaper Alternatives: CDC
(Date:2/26/2017)... ... February 26, 2017 , ... ... technology standard in staffing, scheduling, and reporting for healthcare organizations. This comprehensive ... throughout the entire staffing process. StaffBridge technology improves staffing efficiency, maximizes resource ...
(Date:2/25/2017)... Viejo, CA (PRWEB) , ... February 25, 2017 , ... ... with ProSharpen Color tools from Pixel Film Studios. With ProSharpen Color users have total ... sliders to easily refine their color range. With color spectrum tools users can visually ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... Princeton, NJ (PRWEB) , ... February 24, 2017 ... ... organization that provides business development, education, networking and recognition opportunities as well as ... at Bell Works in Holmdel, NJ on February 23. The Council's Innovation ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... ... February 24, 2017 , ... In the Health Care IT campaign, ... priority because it’s not if you will be attacked, but when.” However, he and ... to digital health care. , Improvements in auditing and monitoring have taken security in ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... , ... February 24, 2017 , ... With ProGlass Prism ... Pro X . Users have total control over position, rotation, distortion, edge softness, edge ... within Final Cut Pro X. , With ProGlass Prism users are given the tools ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/23/2017)... LG Innotek hat heute die weltweit erste ... das 1,5-fache des 45-mW-Moduls der Konkurrenz. UV-C ... und 280 nm und eignet sich damit für Sterilisationsaufgaben. Es ... zerstört. Das Produkt von LG Innotek erzeugt UV-Strahlung im ... ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... Februar 2017 Im Rahmen seiner Schlüsselwachstumsstrategie ... in der südwestlichen chinesischen Provinz Guizhou, 2017 mit dem Angebot ... aktiv an der Entwicklung einer eingebetteten Hightech-Schlüsselindustrie. Foto ... Reading ... ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... 23, 2017 Obese people are ... for varicose veins in their body. The rising number ... the adoption of endovenous laser therapy for treatment of ... laser therapy market, published by Future Market Insights, ... and consequences of obesity have collectively factored the growth ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: