KENNEWICK, Wash. - Its been two months since Washington added the new tax to cigarettes and new numbers are showing more people are trying to quit.
Since the start of the new cigarette tax last May, the states Tobacco Quit Line has seen a 30% increase in callers. The Department of Health says their not surprised. Currently, a pack of cigarettes cost about $7, $3 of it are all state tax.
A spokesperson from the DOH says high prices are making more people turn to healthy habits.
"We're not surprised that more people are calling our quit line since the taxes went up, but I'll tell you this we are certainly happy about it. About 417 people were calling a week before and it's up to 560 now. That's a lot of people who want to quit smoking," said Tim Church, from the Department of Health.
Church says he expects that number to continue to rise. As of now, Washington is the 6th lowest smoking state in the country.
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