Cig­a­rette con­sump­tion rises

Costa Levante News - - NEWS -

By Joe Wick­man THE NUM­BER of pack­ets of cig­a­rettes sold in 2018 in Castel­lón rose by 0.74%, even though the to­tal still re­mains a far cry from fig­ures reg­is­tered in 2008.

An av­er­age 86,348 pack­ets of tobacco were sold every day dur­ing the year 2018 in Castel­lón tobacco shops for a to­tal 28.8 mil­lion from Jan­uary to Novem­ber, of­fi­cial fig­ures re­leased by the cen­tral gov­ern­ment show. This is an in­crease com­pared to the 28.6 mil­lion sold in 2017, but just less than half the 56.2 mil­lion that peo­ple smoked a decade ago.

The re­gional Health De­part­ment says that polls show that only 19.5% of peo­ple over 14 con­sider them­selves smok­ers, a per­cent­age which reached 35.4 among res­i­dents 25 years ago. There­fore, a de­crease in smok­ers, cou­pled with the over­all pop­u­la­tion de­crease, is said to be be­hind the long-term drop. In re­gards to this year’s in­crease, ex­perts re­veal that the pop­u­la­tion in Castel­lón prov­ince has grown by 0.2%, which could be the de­ter­min­ing fac­tor.

By gen­ders, the 14-to-24 age bracket is the only group where women smoke more than men.

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