Average consumption down nearly a quarter since 2011, researchers find
Nearly 1.5bn fewer cigarettes have been smoked each year in England since 2011, research has found.
A study, funded by Cancer Research UK and published in the journal Jama Network Open, found average cigarette consumption fell by nearly a quarter between 2011 and 2018, with approximately 118m fewer cigarettes smoked each month.
The team at University College London (UCL) examined cigarette sales data as well as the monthly self-reported cigarette use from more than 135,000 people in the Smoking Toolkit Study.
The study found the number of self-reported cigarettes smoked monthly declined by 24.4%, backed up by sales data showing a 24.1% decrease on average over the seven-year period.
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Big Tobacco’s payouts squandered from prevention standpoint
The major U.S. tobacco companies settled litigation with the states on November 23, 1998, in what is known as the Master Settlement Agreement, which requires the tobacco companies to pay out annually in perpetuity.
Those funds have been paid out annually, basically as cash windfalls that were supposed to bankroll tobacco control and cancer research programs.
However, nearly all states have diverted the money to their general funds, with their anti-tobacco programs underfunded and neglected. Only one state — Oklahoma — met the CDC-recommended levels of tobacco control program funding in 2018, according to the American Lung Association’s (ALA) annual “State of Tobacco Control” report.
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