Colorado cigarette sales up slightly from 2014

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DENVER — Cigarette sales in Colorado have increased slightly for the first time in almost a decade.

The Colorado Department of Health and Environment said 194.4 million packs of cigarettes were bought in Colorado in 2015. That’s up 1.1 million, or 0.7 percent, from the previous year.

The department said cigarette sales averaged about 300 million packs a year from 1990 through 2004. In 2005, taxes went up by 64 cents a pack, and sales declined to 226.7 million packs. Sales went up a little in 2006, but have declined every year since, until now.

According to the department, studies show that cigarette tax increases reduce smoking, especially among young people. But these increases lose their effectiveness after about seven years, the department said.

Colorado’s cigarette tax is 84 cents per pack, the 37th-highest in the country.

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