CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – There is some welcome news for our country’s health; a new report shows fewer Americans are smoking. Euromonitor International conducted the study and found cigarette consumption is down 55 percent since 1981.
One former smoker, Phil Martin of Agawam, told 22News he thinks the cost of cigarettes has played a big role. “I could get cigarettes when I was in the service. I could get a carton for $2. Now I don’t know what a pack of cigarettes cost but I’m sure it’s up $7, $8 anyway.”
In 1981, 633 billion cigarettes were sold; in 2012, that number dropped dramatically, and just last year, 309 billion cigarettes were sold. Experts partially attribute the drop to more awareness of the risks of smoking.