Cigarette tax hike may spur more to quit

With a new state cigarette tax bringing the price of a pack to around $10, more Long Islanders are looking to kick the urge.

Pat Bishop, of Miller Place, says she knew it was time to quit when the tax passed. She has been smoking for 38 years.

Bishop turned to Suffolk County's Learn to Be Tobacco Free program, a free, six-week program. The classes offer tips to stop smoking. For many, the wallet is the bottom line. At $10 per pack, quitting a pack-a-day habit will save a smoker nearly $3,500 a year.

The Learn to Be Tobacco Free program is held in several locations throughout Suffolk.

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