Cigarettes Are Not as Popular as They Once Were

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    NEW YORK - JUNE 11: Cigarette advertising is visible at a newspaper stand on June 11, 2009 in New York, New York. The U.S. Senate is scheduled to vote Thursday on a bill that would give the Food and Drug Administration authority to regulate the production, sale, and marketing of tobacco products to protect public health. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

    San Francisco may not be so crazy after all.

    The City made national headlines for making it more difficult to smoke by taxing cigarette butt clean ups to tougher smoking laws.

    The San Francisco Examiner reports
    that cigarette sales are down statewide. In fact they are way down.

    The study released by the California Board of Equalization shows californians bought 8.1 percent fewer cigarettes in 2009 than 2008. It is the largest decline in the state since 1999.

    San Francisco must be doing something right by being the first city to take the smoking stands that it is.