Cigarette sales in Wisconsin plummeted over the past 20 years. That according to a new report from the Wisconsin Policy Forum which cites higher taxes and smoking bans as leading causes for decline, although the reports also notes a growth in the vaping industry.
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In 2001, 419 million packs of cigarettes were legally sold in Wisconsin. 20 years later, that has declined 54% to just under 193 million, as tax hikes, widespread smoking bans, and societal shifts have all factored in.https://t.co/OFpQCEBWU1 1/5 pic.twitter.com/4Nljo89oEX
— Ari Brown (@AriB83) January 11, 2023
The number of packs of cigarettes purchased in the state dropped from 420 million in 2001 to just under 193 million in 2022. On a per capita basis, more than 32 packs of cigarettes were sold per resident in 2022 compared with nearly 78 in 2001.