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Federal Tobacco Tax Increase a Good Reason to Quit Smoking
Date:3/31/2009

ngs. In addition, from April 20 through May 3, Bartell Drugs will offer a $10 coupon for its brand of nicotine patches and gum.

"At Bartell Drugs we have a strong commitment to helping our customers and employees live healthier lives," said Carol Carnahan, RPh, Director of Pharmacy, Bartell Drugs. "We are pleased to be working with the Department of Health on this great program."

Typically, when the price of cigarettes goes up, fewer adults and youth smoke. The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids estimates that in Washington, the federal tobacco tax increase will prompt 14,800 adults to quit smoking and prevent 30,400 kids from becoming adults who smoke. That expected decrease could save the state millions in future healthcare and Medicaid costs.

In addition to reducing smoking among adults and youth, the new federal tobacco tax will help fund the expansion of the State Children's Health Insurance Program, covering nearly 4 million more children nationwide. Washington is expected to receive about $94 million for children's medical coverage. With those funds, the state will be able to expand the number of families eligible for this help.

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