If you live in Georgia, you may be paying up to an additional $1 for a pack of cigarettes. Currently, state lawmakers are looking at raising the tax on cigarettes by as much as $1 to provide additional revenue for the State. The additional revenue from the tax increase would go to fund healthcare programs in Georgia.

Georgia ranks 43rd in the nation with a sales tax of 37 cents on tobacco. The last increase in the tax on tobacco was back in 2003.

I, for one, hope they do increase the tax. Unfortunately, I have a nicotine habit that I have not been able to break. Increasing the price of cigarettes will certainly give me the additional encouragement I need to quit. I know about the negative health effects and that has not been enough to stop me yet. Hit me hard in the wallet; that will make me change my ways. For people who have never smoked, it is easy to say “just quit” but anyone who is or has been a smoker knows how hard quitting can be.

Were you a smoker? How did you quit? Are you a smoker now? Would an increase in the price of cigarettes encourage you to quit smoking?

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  1. Kevin Surbaugh // February 16, 2008 at 10:50 AM  

    in Kansas they are looking to raise taxes 50 cents per pack to fund health care

  2. Meg // February 16, 2008 at 8:41 PM  

    I quit two years ago and couldn't have done it without the support of my husband. I made a commitment to him that I would quit and couldn't let him down. I also did some mind trickery on myself that helped.

    Good luck in quitting!!

  3. Anonymous // February 26, 2008 at 11:44 AM  

    i quit five years ago when i got home from college. it was impossible at school, as i lived with six smokers until the day i graduated.

    when i got home i just stopped after a couple of weeks. if you are not disciplined, you will not quit. i figured if i couldnt even control my own mind, how could i ever control anything else?

  4. Anonymous // March 3, 2008 at 11:11 AM  

    For the last 4 years i probably smoked 6 months each year and quit the other six months.
    I guess its because i am incredibly superstitious. Every time I wanted something badly in life, like graduating from college or getting a job, I quit. It worked for me :). I got what I wanted and also stayed off for six months...i know weird.