A federal tax increase on cigarettes, small cigars and roll-your-own tobacco could provide additional motivation for tobacco users to quit.
The federal tax increased $1.01 per pack on April 1. Previously the federal tax was $.39 per pack of cigarettes, $.37 per pack of small cigars and $.45 per pack of roll-your-own tobacco. Many tobacco manufacturers are also raising the retail price of their products.
"Quitting tobacco use or never starting to use tobacco are among the best things you can do for your health," said Roderick Bremby, Secretary of KDHE. "Each year, nearly 3,900 adult Kansans die from cardiovascular disease, cancer and respiratory disease from smoking. In addition to the substantial health benefits, quitting tobacco use will save you money. Studies show that increases in the price of tobacco products reduce tobacco use, reduce the number of new tobacco users and increase the number of people who quit."
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is ready to help tobacco users quit with the free Kansas Tobacco Quitline, 1-866-KAN-STOP.
American Cancer Society quit coaches man the Quitline. They'll work with callers during one-on-one telephone counseling sessions to develop a plan to quit. Kansans can call the Quitline anytime day or night to start the process.