Stop-smoking lines flooded as tobacco tax rises

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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.

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