Tuesday, July 30, 2013

More locals trying to quit smoking after July tax hike

Jul 30, 2013 by 
quitFAIRMONT - Kicking a bad habit is always easier said than done. But a few local people who said, "I quit," when new state taxes pushed the price of cigarettes up past $7 a pack are determined to stick to it, and making even more think about quitting.
For Travis O'Connor of Fairmont, the price hike was the last straw after 21 years as a smoker.
"It really was the final push," he admits. "I'd always said if it hit $5 a pack, I'd quit. Then it was $6. But when it went to $6.10, I made it seven."
But a few weeks before the tax went into effect, the seed for quitting was planted for O'Connor when he went to the doctor for a routine check-up.