Americans Puffing Fewer Cigarettes, More Cigars


As more of the nation's cities—including Boise—institute public bans of smoking, a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that fewer Americans are lighting up cigarettes. But in spite of cigarette use declining sharply. the CDC says there's an increasing contingent switching to cigars and pipes to get their tobacco fix.

Cigarette smoking declined by 2.5 percent from 2010. Yet pipe-smoking was up 482 percent in the same period and large cigars up 223 percent.

Overall tobacco consumption in the last decade declined by nearly 30 percent. But cost is a major factor as the federal tax on cigarettes increased to $1.91 a pack between 2008 and 2011.

Researchers warned that younger people are also switching to smokeless products like chewing tobacco or pellets.