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Reports show drop in cigarette sales, increase for smokeless tobacco

In 2016, companies spent $8.7 billion on cigarette advertising and promotion, up from $8.3 billion the previous year, according to a report released by the Federal Trade Commission.  

The agency attributed the rise to “an increase in spending on price discounts paid to cigarette retailers in order to reduce the price of cigarettes to consumers.”

But in 2016, there were 240.5 billion cigarettes sold to wholesalers and retailers, compared with 244.2 billion in 2015.

Combined spending on price discounts to retailers and wholesalers increased from...

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