New Federal Tax Pushes Cigarettes Close to $8 in Arizona

March 31, 2009

Tobacco Tax Hike Requires Deep Pockets

March 31, 2009

Major Cigarette Tax Goes Into Effect

March 31, 2009

Cigarette Prices Increase with New Federal Tax

March 31, 2009

Arizona Silver Belt
By Janette Kimbrough
March 31, 2009

GLOBE, AZ – Today may be April Fool’s Day, but it’s no joke about the cost of tobacco products increasing which goes into effect today. In Arizona, with the new federal tax increase, the cost of a pack of cigarettes will increase to between $8-$10 per pack.

According to Stephen Michael, MS, Director of the Arizona Smokers’ Helpline (ASHLine), “higher cost is a pretty big motivator to quit. In Arizona, a smoker will pay about $4,380 a year to smoke a pack and a half of cigarettes per day.”

Health care for smokers in the state is high, the state paying out about $3.6 million per day, or $150,000 per hour. read more…

Students ‘Kick Butts’ Against Tobacco

March 31, 2009
Photo: John Gutekunst/Parker Pioneer

Photo: John Gutekunst/Parker Pioneer

Parker Pioneer
By Unknown
March 31, 2009

Students from around the county participated in anti-tobacco activities March 25, “Kick Butts Day.” Youngsters joined La Paz County Public Health Education and Education Program Prevention Coordinator Tammy Minor (back) in making posters at Players’ Ninth Street Youth Center. Among the children participating were Alexis Esquerra, Anesah Esquerra, Reina Sanchez, Chloe Hernandez, Arianna Villifana, Hailee Small, Tina Flores, Sarah Hunter, A.J. Villafana, Danielle Hunter, Rosie Fredrickson, Jasper Greenlee, Noah Hathorn and Frankie Hernandez.

Kids Help ‘Kick Butt’ in Apache County

March 31, 2009

Two-year-old Krysta Connolly (left) and Sabin Delor, 4, color pictures for the Kick Butt Day coloring contest.

Two-year-old Krysta Connolly (left) and Sabin Delor, 4, color pictures for the Kick Butt Day coloring contest.

The Independent
By Karen Warnick
March 31, 2009

APACHE COUNTY – Young people from Apache County joined thousands of kids across the country in observing the 14th annual Kick Butt Day against tobacco use on March 25.

The Washington, D.C.-based Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is one of the largest non-governmental education and advocacy initiatives ever undertaken to decrease youth tobacco use in the United States. The organization sponsored the event.

The Arizona Department of Health Service Bureau of Tobacco Education and Prevention sent materials to all the counties on the new campaign entitled “Brought to You by Addiction.” County health organizations planned activities for that day. read more…

ASHLine Helps Radio Host Quit

March 30, 2009

Rock-jock Steve King, of KDKB 93.3 FM, gives up smoking with the help of the ASHLine. Stephen Michael, ASHLine Director and licensed substance abuse counselor, checks in with Steve on the radio to lend his advice and provide help along the way. Listen to their on-air conversations below:

Monday, March 30: I’ve quit and need some tips and advice.

Friday, April 3: Distractions don’t always work. What now?

Monday, April 6: What will life be like without cigarettes?

Friday, April 10: What should I do about things that trigger the urge to smoke?

Monday, April 13: How should I handle situations when I’ll be around people that smoke?

Friday, April 17: Didn’t wear the patch and it was a little rough.

Monday, April 20: Cigarette smoke is now an unpleasant smell.

Friday, April 24: Taking time to reflect on what I’ve been through.

Wednesday, April 29: I’ve made it 30 days – what’s next?

KDKB 93.3 FM is collecting quit stories, awarding weekly prizes, and giving away $1,000 for the most inspiring story. Be the next winner, submit your quit story today!