Since a $1.60 cigarette tax increase took effect on July 1, calls to QUITPLAN Services, the free quit-smoking resource funded by ClearWay Minnesota, have skyrocketed.
During the first two weeks of July, calls to the QUITPLAN Helpline saw a 256-percent increase over last July’s volumes. Visits to the quitplan.com website increased 289 percent.
Research shows cigarette prices drive smoking declines more than any single other factor. Minnesotans can get free help quitting by calling 1-888-354-PLAN or visiting www.quitplan.com.