State Reports Rebound in Cigarette Sales Despite Ban

By: AP
By: AP

The state Department of Revenue says cigarette sales in Colorado are rebounding after dipping briefly when a statewide ban took effect in July.

Cigarette sales were up almost 9.5 percent through the end of November with nearly 4.6 billion cigarettes sold in the first eleven months of the year. That's up from 4.2 billion sold in the same period of 2005.

Last year, the state reported a 22 percent decline in cigarette sales after the state increased its tobacco tax by 64 cents.

Taxes from tobacco sales through November of this year totaled about $212 million.

Officials say sales slowed for a short time after the ban took effect July first, but began to rebound in September -- and sales have remained steady.

Sarah Davis of the American Lung Association of Colorado says cigarette consumption fluctuates anyway, so the changes this year might not be significant. She says the ban is likely to have positive effects in the long run. Davis says in other states with similar laws, the smoking rate dropped 14 percent over the first two to three years of a ban.

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