This will put the average cost of a pack of cigarettes over $8 in New York State, and even higher on Long Island and the five boroughs.
“Everyone knows that cigarettes are bad for your body – smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in United States – but smoking is bad for your bank account, too,” said Pat Folan, director of the CTC. “Smokers should use this tax increase as motivation to quit. Not only will quitting save you money, but a smoker who quits reduces their risk of developing smoking-related heart disease, stroke, cancer and emphysema. So, if you smoke, now is the perfect time to talk to your doctor, join our program, or call the New York State Smokers’ Quitline.”
The CTC program and the Quitline are prepared for an increase in the number of smokers seeking help with quitting. The Quitline provides free coaching and quit plans, free nicotine patches, and free tips and information.
According to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, New York can expect the $1.60 cigarette tax to prevent 170,500 New York kids from becoming smokers; spur 86,100 current adult smokers to quit; save 77,300 New York residents from premature, smoking-caused deaths; and save $3.8 billion in future health care costs.
“The cigarette tax increase will have a significant health benefit to the people of New York State,” said Ms. Folan. “As a result of cigarettes being less affordable, more New Yorkers will give up smoking and fewer youth will start. So, if you’re ready to quit – if you want to stop throwing away your money on cigarettes, if you want to get healthy – take advantage of the resources that are available to help you.”
The contact number for the CTC program is 516-466-1980. The Smokers’ Quitline phone number is 1-866-NY-QUITS (1-866-697-8487). The Quitline also provides help online at www.nysmokefree.com.
Contact: Terry Lynam