Higher taxes = less smokers?

April 6, 2009 3:19:46 PM PDT
The federal cigarette tax jumped 62 cents last week and since then the American Lung Association says it's seen a 30-percent increase in calls to their quit smoking hotline.Doctors say if you want to quit persistence pays off. A new study in the 'Annals of Internal Medicine' says smoking has to be treated like a chronic illness. That means quitting requires repeated, intensive interventions.

Carol Tompkins signed up for the two year study along with medication; she also had over-the-phone counseling. Everyone in the study had at least four cycles of interventions to help them quit.

"I had to convince myself I was in it for the long haul and after a while it ceased to be a problem," Carol said.

Carol did kick the habit. Again she used a combination of methods which recent numbers show that's the best way to go. Success rates for trying to quit cold turkey are just 3-percent, using a medication or a help-line has a success rate of 10 to 15-percent.

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