Big Tobacco will feel the burn of more expensive gas

Smokers have blown their way through multiple hikes in the price of a pack of cigarettes over the past two years. What’s happening at the gas pump may soon force them to cut spending.

The volume of cigarettes sold in the United States in the four weeks to March 26 fell 9.4% from the same period last year, according to Nielsen data. This is a deterioration from already weak volumes in February, which fell 7.9% year-on-year.


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