Financial stress linked to smoking

October 8, 2008 8:34:33 AM PDT
Financial uncertainty may force people to turn to cigarettes. Stress and smoking are closely linked.

A survey in Washington state shows that smoking may be on the rise again.

State officials are stepping up efforts to keep people from picking up the habit during these stressful times. A state-sponsored hotline provides free advice and nicotine replacement therapies for smokers.

They're also reminding smokers that kicking the habit, or not starting up again, will save money. A pack-a-day smoker saves about $2,000 a year by quitting.


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