A new report from the US Federal Trade Commission says cigarette sales in the US rose last year for the first time in 20 years.
and between the report That slight increase was only 0.4%, indicating that the value of cigarettes sold to wholesalers and retailers across the country rose by about $8 million, from $202.9 billion in 2019 to $203.7 billion in 2020.
However, the FTC report did not explain the reason for the rise in sales, but the rise tracks similar shifts in consumer behavior due to the Corona epidemic.
Retail sales of alcohol, for example, rose in the spring of 2020 not only because bars and restaurants were closed but because consumers were drinking more alcohol.
And last year, researchers reported in the journal JAMA Network Open, the overall frequency of alcohol consumption increased by about 14% from 2019 to 2020.
Adult smoking rates in the United States have fallen since 2000 and now stand at about 14%, according to the Quitline Association of North America, a nonprofit that promotes smoking cessation.
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