- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 17, 2016

DENVER (AP) - Colorado health officials say cigarette purchases in 2015 increased for the first time in nearly a decade, while the number of adult tobacco users remains on the decline.

The Denver Post reports (https://dpo.st/1To3OqW ) that the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reported in a press release Wednesday that more than 194 million packs of cigarettes, or about 36 packs for every resident, were purchased in 2015. That was an increase of more than 1 million packs from 2014’s recorded total.

Officials reported that the number of adult tobacco users fell to a rate of less than 16 percent of the state’s population in 2014. In 2004, the rate was about 19 percent.

State officials have attributed the drop to a cigarette tax increase approved by voters in 2004.


Information from: The Denver Post, https://www.denverpost.com



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