GREENFIELD, Mass (WWLP) - Fewer adults are smoking cigarettes according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control.
22News found out how Franklin County smokers are doing in their efforts to kick the habit.
Tobacco taxes, prevention programs, and laws banning smoking in public have all contributed to the decline according to the CDC. But for smokers 22News spoke with today...kicking the habit is hard.
Eighteen percent of adults participating in the National Health Survey described themselves as current smokers.
The report surveyed more than 35,000 adults and current smokers were identified as smoking more than 100 cigarettes in their lifetime and smoking everyday or just once in a while.
Smoking rates have been declining for decades, but seemed to level off for several years.
Smokers told 22News it's the taxes that have affected their habit the most.
Nathan Cobb, of North Adams said, "I still buy them it doesn't matter. Sometimes I buy the cheapest you know because they're so expensive to buy but usually I buy Marlboro black which is 7.08 before tax 7.61 and its still under 8 bucks so. So when they hit 8 bucks in my pack then I'll quit."
"The taxes do I mean I've had to switch brands of cigarettes because of the taxes. When I first started smoking cigarettes were a $1.90 a pack and now they've quadrupled in price its ridiculous, Bruce Lescarbeau, of Readsboro, Vermont said."
Others say it's just hard to quit.
Ra Stone, of Erving said, "I would like to. I would definitely like to. I've been trying to make this my last but for...I don't know the last four months..."
If the Massachusetts proposition for tax increases goes through you could be seeing cigarette taxes increase by a dollar starting in July making taxes on cigarettes $3.51. Then you have another 6.25 percent for sales tax.