An increased tax on tobacco products is not only making smokers pay up, it's also making some of them want to quit.
The new tax is costing pack–a–day smokers an average of about $50 a month.
Those who now want to quit are flooding help lines and cessation classes are quickly filling up.
Cathie Nicholson with the Mesa County Health Department says the reaction is typical, and data shows whenever a state increases their excise tax on tobacco by 10%, it will yield a 4% decrease in the number of smokers.
If you're interested in quitting smoking, the next round of cessation classes at the Health Department starts Wednesday, April 8th.
Classes run from 6:00 to 7:00 at night and cost $25.
For more information, you can call the Health Department at 254–4108.