LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - The recent money crunch has left many wallets flat, andinvestments have gone up in smoke. With an increase in tobacco taxon its way, Nancy Anderson, Sigma Smoking Cessation Counselor, saidsome people are considering kicking the habit.
"Most people I've talked to are reducing the number ofcigarettes they smoke each day," she said.
There are many reasons to stop smoking. The main one centersaround health concerns. But now people are quitting or cutting downfor another reason: the cost in cold hard cash.
"Cigarette smoking costs a lot more than the cost ofcigarettes," said Anderson. "It's the visit to the doctor, it's themedication they are having to take, it's the ER visits and thehospitalizations. So, over time you're saving thousands uponthousands of dollars by quitting smoking."
Anderson said currently a person smoking one pack a day wouldsave nearly $1,500 a year by quitting, and that's before the $.61per pack increase going into effect April 1st. SarahParrish, Just Smokes Manager, said she has seen some customerscutting back or buying a cheaper brand.
"There are some people that we've told this is our cheapercigarette, it will be less expensive for you and they've justswitched," she said.
Others are turning to another method.
" A lot of people are switching to roll-your-own products,"Parrish said.
"I've already gone from smoking the name brand cigarette torolling my own because it's, well, about $40 a week cheaper," saidBekki Williams, Just Smokes customer.
Williams said she is trying to find ways to cut back, butultimately hopes to stop altogether.
"I've been wanting to quit so it's actually kind of helped me.It's helped me cut back a lot," she said.
Anderson said there are services available for people wanting toquit. She said in particular people can take advantage of the free Indiana Tobacco Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW(1-800-084-8669). She encourages people to set a date to quitsmoking. Without that deadline Anderson said people can easilyrevert back to smoking.
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