As Cigarette Tax Rises, Advocates Hope More Smokers Will Quit

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(Host) Smokers have by now noticed that the habit has gotten more expensive in Vermont.

The tax on a pack of cigarettes sold in Vermont increased 38 cents as of July 1st.

A cigarette tax hike often leads to more people attempting to quit. 

Rhonda Williams is with Vermont’s Tobacco Control Program. 

Williams says the Health Department hopes the tax will inspire people to take advantage of the state’s Quit Network. 

(Williams)  "It’s a very easy, convenient way, whether online or whether they call the Quit Now telephone number, they can enroll at any time, and get started."

(Host) Williams says the department has resources available for people who can’t afford nicotine replacement products.


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