Chamblee54

Cigarette Fair Tax

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on April 6, 2011






Carl Hiassen takes timeout from writing novels about weirdos to produce a column for the Miami Herald. It comes out on Sunday, and lately has been every other week. He usually makes more sense than many can handle.

This week the subject is a proposed cigarette tax. Some grinches want a dollar a pack state tax added onto cigarettes. The tax would raise revenue, and hopefully some folks will quit the vile habit.

However, there is opposition. A legislator is looking out for the convenience store owners, who stand to lose a bundle if fewer people buy cancer sticks.

PG has smoked roughly two cigarettes in his life. That is, by his own choice. The second hand smoke adds up. There is also the “it’s legal” sense of entitlement that the tobacconists are well known for. PG has an answer to the matter of how much cigarette tax to assess.

Cigarettes should be taxed so that a pack of cigarettes costs as much as an ounce of marijuana.

Ciggies will still be legal. You will not have to buy them from criminals, who will turn you on to “hard drugs”. You will not lose your job if you fail a urine test. Your house cannot be confiscated for possession.The cancer sticks would still be legal, but with a reasonable tax.

This is a repost. Pictures are from The Library of Congress. The Georgia Lesterslature is currently debating whether, or not, to allow alcohol users access to their legal drug on Sunday.




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