Tobacco Quit Line rings off the hook since tobacco tax increase
KENNEWICK, Wash;-- Just days after the price of cigarettes jumped one dollar per pack, the Washington State Department of Health is reporting an increase in the number of calls to its tobacco quit line.
This was somewhat expected however, because after the federal tax increase last year, calls to the quit line nearly tripled in just one month.
Health officials report now that most callers say they simply can't afford to keep smoking. Which is understandable when you consider that under this new tax the average pack-a-day smoker would save around $2,500 each year by quitting.
Health officials estimate the tax increase on tobacco will be enough to get 19,000 current smokers to quit, and will prevent about twice as many kids from starting the habit. And this decrease in smokers is expected to save more than $850 million in health care costs.
If you want help quitting ... You can call a toll free tobacco "quit line" to get support. That number is 1-800-quit-now.