Smokers will soon have to pay more to light up.
Starting Wednesday, the single largest federal tobacco tax increase will go into effect.
The tax increase, which jumps from $.39 to $1.01 per pack will help finance a major expansion of health insurance for children.
Medical groups hope that the tax increase will help persuade smokers to quit.
Congress is also considering legislation to empower the FDA to regulate tobacco.
The Mesa County Health Department says with the current situation of the economy and the higher tobacco tax now is the perfect time to quit.
The county says it has seen an increase in requests for quitting assistance and so it is offering more classes.
The "Fresh Start" class starts Wednesday, April 8. It's a four week class from 6 – 7 p.m.
The class is $25 per person, but the county is giving a free three-month membership to Crossroads Fitness, free beginner yoga classes at the Academy of Yoga and 10 free workouts at the St. Mary’s Life Center to every person who completes the class.
For more information, call Cathie Nicholson at 970-254-4108.