WASHINGTONThe number of cigarettes exported annually from the
United States has declined by 25%, according to the Agriculture
Department. Exports fell from 201.3 billion cigarettes in 1998 to
151.4 billion in 1999.
Experts say the decline is due not only to people overseas smoking
less, primarily the result of higher prices triggered by tax
increases, but also to a shift in the production of cigarettes by the
tobacco industry from the United States to other countries.