$1 cigarette tax not forcing as many to quit as hoped
A $1 increase in Wisconsin's cigarette tax has gotten at least some people to quit, but not as many as anti-smoking advocates had hoped.
Cigarette tax collections have gone up 87 percent through November of the current fiscal year.
They totaled around $200 million, compared to $107 million at same time in 2007.
Ken Klockzien of Appleton quit for a few weeks this year but started up again. He says a good cigarette can relieve stress when times are tough.
Maureen Busalacchi of Smoke-Free Wisconsin says lots of folks are still smoking, but they're doing it less.
She said many cigarette-makers cut their prices this year and it negated some of the effects of the tax increase.
State officials say the percentage of adults who still smoke - around 20 percent - is the lowest in Wisconsin history.
Wisconsin's Tobacco Quit Line took a record 39,000 calls this year from those wanting to quit.