WASHINGTON -- Bludgeoned by smoking restrictions and antismoking sentiment, the consumption of cigarettes in the United States is expected to fall a couple of percentage points this year, according to the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. for the last nine years. Reduced retail prices, however, were apparently successful this year in slowing the rate of decline. "The decline stems from a growing number of prohibitions and restrictions on where people can ...

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