More Smokers Trying to Quit

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

The price of cigarettes is hitting smokers even harder Wednesday after the federal tax went up this 62 cents more per pack.

"I'm up to about two packs of cigarettes a day now," Dave Alexander, a smoker, said.

Alexander has been smoking for 50 years; a habit that over time has become more and more expensive.

"I never dreamed that they'd get this high," he said.

"When it hits them in the pocket book, that's when it really matters, and there are a lot of people that are upset and angry over it," Stephanie Davis, program director for the Washington County Tobacco Prevention Program, said.

Davis would rather see people quit for their health, but when the prices go up, the number of people lighting up goes down, or at least they try.

Phyllis Longgrear spends much of her time helping others, and six years ago she did something to help herself.

"I tried, made many attempts because I smoked for many many years, she said.

And finally after seeking professional help, Longgrear was able to kick the habit.

"I asked my neighbors after I quit, 'why did you not tell me how I smelled?' because once I discovered it, I thought 'oh boy that's bad.,'" she said.

Now smokers like Alexander are hoping to follow that same path.

"I'm gonna have to ask the doctor if he's got something that maybe can either slow me down or quit," he said.

Quitting an old friend, but gaining a healthy and more affordable future.

For anyone trying to quit smoking, you can reach the Washington County Tobacco Prevention Program at 740-374-2229.

The program is completely funded by grants, and therefore all services are free.

Davis says absolutely no tax dollars go into the program.


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  • by purplepeeps Location: OHIO on Apr 3, 2009 at 11:14 AM
    Sharon, their are free programs to help people loose weight..call your local health department or your local Y and they can tell you where
  • by purplepeeps Location: OHIO on Apr 3, 2009 at 11:11 AM
    LADY: the new program that is at Selby is not paid for by tax dollars its thru private grants..also ask the tobacco companies to lower their prices they spend 15.3 billion a year to advertise to us in the US
  • by LADY Location: OHIO on Apr 2, 2009 at 07:41 AM
    hey it always seems to takes the tax dollars to open a new program, they said this program is free and they dont pay for it, who does? Try growing your own tobacco and i am sure our gardens will start to be taxed, imagine that. Did people really believe Obama was gonna help us out, only to be govnor and ruled more. Look at the stimulas money. It helps the business and the states but for us poor folks where is it at? If the stimulas had not come through where were the states gonna get their money for the jobs they say needed done, what would they tax then? Surely not too much left.In Ohio our property taxes raised that takes care of food tax. AT LEAST WITH CIGARETTE SMOKING YOU CAN GIVE IT UP, ITS HARD TO GIVE UP YOUR RESIDENCE BECAUSE THE TAXES EAT YOU UP. DO WE EVEN STAND A CHANCE?
  • by ex-smoker Location: belpre on Apr 2, 2009 at 02:30 AM
    I'm so glad i quit cold turkey 2 years ago. I won't lie, it was one of these hardest things to do but it is possible to push yourself. i feel bad for smokers being stuck with the child health care bill. this country is moving to socialism.
  • by Belinda Location: Vienna on Apr 1, 2009 at 10:14 PM
    Because the government is forcing people to quit by raising prices to ridiculous amounts? By the time " Obama" is done, we will indeed be ruled by dictatorship. When will this end? When People start looking for a better country?? Why not? It wouldnt be much different elsewhere. America is supposed to be better. Supposed to be a proud nation. I dont feel proud much anymore. Start growing your own tobacco in your backyards, smokers. Or is that regulated as well?
  • by Steve Location: Belpre on Apr 1, 2009 at 08:41 PM
    How many people will deny their family the staples they need in favor of paying the higher price for smokes? What will this do to an already existing black market for them? Will stores, warehouses and delivery trucks become prime targets for cigarette based burglaries? Will the possible future success credibility from this idea be used sgainst to tax firearm ammunition out of the financial range of the public?
  • by Andrea Location: P-Burg on Apr 1, 2009 at 08:23 PM
    to sharon- they arent taxing your junk food, if fact the tax on food has been decreased. also, they havent taxed alchoholic beverages either which causes many fatal accidents due to drunk driving..we smokers are only harming ourselves, not others. and if your going to complain about no free programs for obese people, then lets put a couple of new taxes on your food and then theyll proboly open one..2 new increases just this year on ciggerettes. i guess i gotta start learning how to grow it!!!ps..for future reference you can grow your own food as well;)
  • by sharon Location: ohio on Apr 1, 2009 at 05:57 PM
    Why ar there no free programs out there to help people loose weight, if you can help free with the smoking. Loosing weight is as hard as trying to give up smoking. Only difference is the smoking makes you smell and food makes you plump. Both are bad for your health, but then again they say everything is bad for you now days, you take one pill for the reason and another one to act against it. So what is good for you, where do you go and where do you stop
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