Lack of demand drive cigarette prices up

SAN FRANCISCO

Prices of Phillip Morris-made brands went up by nine cents a pack on Friday. The brands include Marlboro cigarettes.

The move follows a price increase by tobacco company Lorillard, who hiked its Newport menthols by five cents a pack and non-menthols by 11 cents a pack.

Reynolds tobacco, the manufacturer of Camel cigarettes, is considering whether it will follow suit.

Analysts report the price hikes are due to a decline in demand for cigarettes.

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