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Consumption of cigarettes has risen for the first time in more than a decade, adding to concerns about the effectiveness of measures to reduce smoking.

Expenditure on tobacco products, which has been in steady decline for a generation, rose 2.6 per cent in the final quarter of 2017 [...]

“This is a worrying reversal of a long-term trend,” said Colin Mendelsohn, a health academic at the University of NSW.