The US Center for Disease Control (CDC) has reported that although cigarette use has fallen in the US, there has been an increase in adult use of tobacco used for pipes or self-rolled cigarettes.
According to the CDC figures, cigarette use sales and consumption continues to decline, consumption of ‘pipe tobacco’ has steadily increased. While manufactured cigarette consumption has decreased by 2.5% between 2010 and 2011, pipe tobacco grew by almost five-fold between 2000 and 2011.
CBS News notes that, in addition to pipe tobacco, there has been an increase in sales of large cigars, which have doubled in sales over the same period. The CDC infers that the increase in cigars consumption was due to tobacco manufacturers adding weight to many small cigars so they can be classified as large cigars and thereby avoid higher taxes.
Time speculates that cigars are becoming more popular with teens because of a new trend in flavored tobacco products. The news outlet also notes that such products fall outside of US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulation in terms of their marketing.
For all tobacco products, consumption has decreased between 2000 and 2011, according to the report “Consumption of Cigarettes and Combustible Tobacco—United States, 2000-2011.” This is because cigarettes make up the majority of the sales. Even here, the rate of decline has slowed since 2010.
Commentating on the report, Tim McAfee, director of CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health said “The rise in cigar smoking, which other studies show is a growing problem among youth and young adults, is cause for alarm. The Surgeon General’s Report released this past March shows that getting young people to either quit smoking or never start smoking is the key to ending the tobacco epidemic, because 99% of all smokers start before they’re 26 years old.”