Expect a wait when calling the Indiana stop-smoking hot line: Smokers are flooding the lines in a panic over an increase in the tobacco tax, leading to record-level weekly calls.
Quit lines around the country are feeling the surge, according to an informal survey by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.
Michigan's quit line itself had to quit -- working, that is. It ran out of money in mid-March after logging more than 65,000 callers in five days.
The campaign said Arkansas stopped general advertising of the quit line to keep up with a weekly call volume that quadrupled between January and March.
Price surges typically spur would-be quitters to take the plunge.
The group estimates that about 1 million adults will quit as a result of the tax increase.