Federal Tobacco Tax Increase a Good Reason to Quit Smoking
State offering free resources to help people kick the habit
In response to the expected loss in sales as more people quit smoking, several major tobacco companies, including Altria, R.J. Reynolds, and Lorillard Tobacco Company, recently raised prices on popular brands. Along with the federal tax, these price increases will make cigarettes a lot more expensive.
“Things are tough right now. This increase could cost regular smokers hundreds of dollars a year, which is another good reason to quit smoking. Quitting will help your health and your pocketbook,” said Secretary of Health
The Tobacco Quit Line — 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-877-2NO-FUME in Spanish) — is a crucial part of the state’s efforts to reduce tobacco use. People who call speak to trained quit coaches who are often former smokers themselves. These coaches help callers recognize their smoking triggers and develop a personal plan to quit. Along with coaching, people who are ready to quit can also receive a free supply of nicotine patches or gum (a
The Department of Health is partnering with
“At Bartell Drugs we have a strong commitment to helping our customers and employees live healthier lives,” said
Typically, when the price of cigarettes goes up, fewer adults and youth smoke. The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids estimates that in
In addition to reducing smoking among adults and youth, the new federal tobacco tax will help fund the expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, covering nearly 4 million more children nationwide.