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The demand for NRT is inversely related to the demand for cigarettes.



A positive relationship exists between cigarette prices and the demand for NRT products. Estimates indicate that a 10% increase in the price of cigarettes increases the demand for NRT products by approximately 7.5%.

The demand for NRT products seems to be seasonal in nature, peaking every January when New Year’s resolutions to quit smoking are made. Subsequent studies in the United States have found that this annual peak in NRT demand corresponds to a drop in cigarette sales.



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