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Double-Barreled Reason to Quit in Wisconsin

September 15, 2009

MADISON, Wis. - For those in Wisconsin looking for reasons to quit smoking, there are two new ones that are prompting people to stub the habit. The American Lung Association in Wisconsin says a 75-cent increase in the cigarette tax that took effect this month, along with new laws to ban smoking in public places statewide, are driving new traffic to quit lines and Web sites.

Keri Schneider heads up the association's smoking cessation programs.

"For one person it might be the cost that's that last straw, and for others it might have been a health reason."

Schneider says there's no reason to go it alone, because there is plenty of help available to those who are ready to quit.

"We have the American Lung Association Help Line that is staffed by registered nurses, respiratory therapists and quit-smoking specialists."

There are many great tools for help in giving up cigarettes. Schneider says the phone help isn't the only option.

"We also have Freedom from Smoking online that is free of charge and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week."

The Lung Association says that, historically, sudden large price increases have driven down demand, particularly with price-sensitive youth. For every 10 percent increase in price, they report a seven percent decline in youth smoking, and a four percent decline in adult smoking.

Information on quitting can be found at

Glen Gardner, Public News Service - WI