Sunday, October 7, 2012

FTC Releases Report on Tobacco Advertising and Promotion

New data from the Federal trade Commission (FTC) shows that cigarette consumption declined in both 2009 and 2010. Tobacco control experts attribute much of the decline to the federal cigarette tax increase that went into effect in April of 2009. That year, the number of cigarettes sold and given away fell by 10 percent, demonstrating again that increasing the price of tobacco is the most effective way to reduce consumption.

In addition, the report includes data on the amount of money tobacco companies spend to advertise cigarettes declined to $8.5 billion a year. For more information and a link to the reports on cigarette and smokeless tobacco information, visit the FTC website.

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