OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Financial stress doesn't push people away from smoking.
A study shows people are more likely to smoke than quit during an economic downturn.
A survey from the american legacy foundation found that 77 percent of current smokers are stressed by the national economy.
This stress is causing some people to delay their attempt to quit smoking, and some are smoking more cigarettes than before.
Washington Secretary of Health mary selecky says the expense of smoking is a good reason to quit during bad economic times.
The state's free tobacco quit line offers free coaching and a supply of nicotine patches or gum.
Since the average cost of a pack of cigarettes is $5.38, selecky says pack-a-day smokers could save nearly $2,000 by quitting.
Washington's tobacco quit line: 1-800-quit-now, or in Spanish, 1-877-2NO-FUME.