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California Cigarette Purchases Down

Sacramento, CA — A new report released today shows that Californians bought 8.1 percent fewer cigarettes in 2009 than in 2008.

This is the largest decline since 1999 when the decline was 11.2 percent. The report released from the State Board of Equalization, points to health concerns, smoking restrictions and higher prices as key factors in the downward trend. California cigarette prices increased by 18.6 percent in 2009. The average price of a pack of cigarettes in California is $5.09.

The Board of Equalization is responsible for the collection of California cigarette excise taxes. Last year taxes collected on cigarettes were $839 million, compared to $913 million in 2008. These taxes are used to support health education programs, breast cancer research, early childhood development and other programs.

Written by tina.falco@mlode.com