New Tobacco Laws Effective July 1; Lung Association Offers Free Resources to Help Illinoisans Quit
(June 30, 2019) - SPRINGFIELD, Ill.
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On July 1, two significant tobacco control laws will go into effect in Illinois: Tobacco 21, which raises the sales age of tobacco products from 18 to 21; and new tobacco taxes, which increase the price of cigarettes by $1.00 per pack and add a 15 percent wholesale tax on e-cigarettes.
The tobacco taxes alone are estimated to help 48,700 adults quit smoking, prevent 21,000 premature smoking-caused deaths and provide $1.56 billion in long-term health care cost savings. To help residents quit smoking, the American Lung Association in Illinois, in partnership with the Illinois Department of Public Health, is offering free resources from the Illinois Tobacco Quitline.
“Nicotine in cigarettes and e-cigarettes is highly addictive, which is part of why it can be so tough to quit smoking. On average, it takes a tobacco user eight to 11 quit attempts before they are smokefree,” said Kathy Drea with the Lung Association. “Tobacco control laws help motivate people to make the choice to quit, but it is important to turn to proven methods and expert resources to help them quit smoking for good.”
Through the Illinois Tobacco Quitline, residents can connect with Certified Tobacco Cessation Specialists, some of which are also respiratory therapists, registered nurses and even pharmacists, to guide them on their path to quit smoking. Along with counseling, the Illinois Tobacco Quitline offers up to six weeks of free nicotine replacement therapy (such as nicotine patches) to people who are medically eligible.
Resources are available online at QuitYes.org or over the phone at 1-866-Quit-Yes. The Illinois Tobacco Quitline is funded by the Illinois Department of Public Health.
About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.
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