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Supports price hike on tobacco

February 7, 2013

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Feb-12-13 4:54 PM

Hypocrites. Why only smokes? Let's go after all the "bad" habits. Plenty of obese people running around, most of whom started this process at an early age. Would heavy taxation curb this? Let's share these sin taxes amongst all the sins.

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Feb-12-13 1:23 PM

As core intent, taxes should be used to create revenue as a result of (and to create more) shared services for the greater good. Tax shouldn’t be designed with the core intent to change behavior. Laws should change behavior (i.e., pass a law to ban cigarettes).

As a supporter of personal choice and accountability, I would just air caution of encouraging and supporting our government to create tax proposals to modify behavior. Do you want the government to have a heavy taxing on alcohol sales because drinking is bad? Do you want them to have a heavy tax on 32+ ounce sodas because high fructose corn sugar is bad? Do you want them to have a heavy tax on people who are obese because obesity places a burden on our healthcare system? If you support this heavy tobacco tax, you have very little principal left to not support other similar taxation.

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Feb-12-13 8:18 AM

I don't believe that they are raising taxes on tobacco to stop children from smoking. If the kids today are like they were when I was a kid, they just steal cigarettes from their parents. If they are so worried about people’s health, why not raise taxes of alcohol too? My guess it’s because they all drink, so they don’t want to have to pay more. How many times have you read about someone driving down the road and causing an accident and killing an entire family because they had too much to smoke? How many times has a wife been beaten by her husband because he came home after having smoked too much? TAX BOTH, alcohol and tobacco!

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Feb-09-13 10:22 AM

They should also tax the ATM machines at convenience stores. They are there so that a person can get cash from their EBT card. The card cannot be used to buy tobacco so the card holder goes to the machine, gets 10 dollars to buy tobacco. The standard charge at these machines is $2.50. I guess the tax will improve health as there will be $1.60 less to spend on pop chips and candy!!

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