Stop-smoking lines flooded as tobacco tax rises - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Stop-smoking lines flooded as tobacco tax rises

SPOKANE, Wash. - Calling your state stop-smoking hot line for help kicking the habit?

Expect a wait: Smokers are flooding the lines in a panic over an increase in the tobacco tax.

Don't want to wait? Try these web sites
- Become an Ex
- WhyQuit
- American Cancer Society
- Stop Smoking Center
Denver-based National Jewish Health received triple the usual number of calls Monday to quit lines it runs in six states, including Montana.

The calls had steadily increased all month as smokers began dealing with a big price hit in a sour economy.

Not only does the per-pack federal tax climb from 39 cents to $1.01 Wednesday, but the major cigarette makers raised prices several weeks ago in anticipation.

Price surges typically spur would-be quitters to take the plunge. Not all will be successful.

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids group estimates that about 1 million adults will quit as a result of the tax increase.

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