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Oklahoma expects more smokers to get help amid cigarette tax


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Public health advocates expect more Oklahoma residents to try quitting smoking as they face the state's cigarette tax increase that began this month.

As many as 18,700 smokers in Oklahoma are expected to try quitting as they begin to pay an extra dollar in taxes on each pack of cigarettes or cigarillos, the Oklahoman reported . The increase brings the state's total cigarette tax to $2.03 per pack, moving Oklahoma from the 35th-highest state to 15th in tobacco taxes.

John Woods is the executive director of the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust. He expects an increase...

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