Cigar Smoking Increase

By: Brian Johnson Email
By: Brian Johnson Email

Health officials say cigar smoking has been on the rise for the past decade. State health officials say this is directly related to the lower cost of cigars compared with cigarettes.

But for some cigar store owners, a rise in cigar smoking does not necessarily mean increased sales.

They affect businesses like Smokies, who loses some customers to online cigar retailers.

Owner Sammy Frichter says some customers tell him how they feel.

"Well I can get that one for 50 cents cheaper online and I say well I'm sorry, the taxes. I gotta pay the taxes and I gotta pay the shipping."

But whatever the price of cigars, health officials warn of the cost on the human body.

A 2011 University of Alabama study reports that close to 8,000 died of smoking in 2009.

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