Quit smoking queries see spike

ATLANTA — New graphic cigarette warning labels released last month by the Food and Drug Administration already appear to be having one desired effect: an increase in "quit smoking" queries to the national 1-800-QUIT-NOW smoking cessation line, the Associated Press reported Saturday.

The new labels aren’t even on cigarette packages yet — the labels will be implemented next year.

“Calls to the national 1-800-QUIT-NOW smoking-cessation line surpassed 4,800 that Tuesday and 3,200 the next day,” AP reported. “A typical Tuesday or Wednesday in June sees about 2,000 calls.”