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jsarno 08-07-2007 08:12 PM

smokers tax
 
I guess congress is wanting a 156% tax increase on cigarettes.

I say go for it. The more they tax cigarettes, the fewer people there will be to smoke them.

Here's a link for it to call your legislator to overturn it:
[url=http://www.stopthefetincrease.com/]Welcome to the Philip Morris Legislative Action Center![/url]

saden1 08-07-2007 08:33 PM

Re: smokers tax
 
A tax increase probably won't stop people from smoking IMO.

724Skinsfan 08-07-2007 08:38 PM

Re: smokers tax
 
[quote=saden1;337367]A tax increase probably won't stop people from smoking IMO.[/quote]

Agreed, the outrageous price of gasoling shows that people are willing to adapt their spending to fit their lifestyle. It may help curb teenage smoking, though. Or it may boost convenience store robberies committed by teenagers.

Schneed10 08-07-2007 09:39 PM

Re: smokers tax
 
[quote=saden1;337367]A tax increase probably won't stop people from smoking IMO.[/quote]

Definitely won't stop it, not at all. But it will put more coin in the government's coffers, reducing the likelihood of them asking me to pay higher wage taxes in the future.

Works for me, I hate cigarrette smoke anyway.

skinsfanthru&thru 08-07-2007 10:05 PM

Re: smokers tax
 
hopefully this will atleast slightly impact those sucking on deathsticks and make a few realize how much money they r wasting on that crap.

skinsfan_nn 08-07-2007 10:20 PM

Re: smokers tax
 
tax um to death, maybe then they will quit that naste habit.

If they keep raising the tax some folks might just have to quit...let's see...? Food for family or Cigs @ 10 bucks a pack....?

jsarno 08-07-2007 10:26 PM

Re: smokers tax
 
See, I don't get cigarette smokers.
If the government made Kung Pao Chicken way over taxed, guess what, I would no longer eat it.
The fact that cigarette smokers think this is a travesty is laughable.

skinsfanthru&thru 08-07-2007 10:27 PM

Re: smokers tax
 
[QUOTE=skinsfan_nn;337403]tax um to death, maybe then they will quit that naste habit.

If they keep raising the tax some folks might just have to quit...let's see...? Food for family or Cigs @ 10 bucks a pack....?[/QUOTE]

sadly that would actually be a tough choice for some people hooked on em and even sadder is that a small amount would still buy the cigs

Lady Brave 08-07-2007 10:35 PM

Re: smokers tax
 
[quote=jsarno;337405]See, I don't get cigarette smokers.
If the government made Kung Pao Chicken way over taxed, guess what, I would no longer eat it.
The fact that cigarette smokers think this is a travesty is laughable.[/quote]
So how would you feel if this were an alcohol tax instead of a cigarette tax?

jsarno 08-07-2007 10:47 PM

Re: smokers tax
 
[QUOTE=Lady Brave;337415]So how would you feel if this were an alcohol tax instead of a cigarette tax?[/QUOTE]

I would welcome it.
I'm not much of a drinker at all. If they did tax it, I would drop my intake over the course of a year significantly. (not that it's a lot now)

Sheriff Gonna Getcha 08-07-2007 11:09 PM

Re: smokers tax
 
[QUOTE=jsarno;337421]I would welcome it.
I'm not much of a drinker at all. If they did tax it, I would drop my intake over the course of a year significantly. (not that it's a lot now)[/QUOTE]

I am not sure how I feel about the tax. What's next, taxing fast food or non-organic produce? Or how about taxing people who fail to exercise or are obese and therefore and shifting tax burdens onto the general public?

jsarno 08-07-2007 11:27 PM

Re: smokers tax
 
[QUOTE=Sheriff Gonna Getcha;337429]I am not sure how I feel about the tax. What's next, taxing fast food or non-organic produce? Or how about taxing people who fail to exercise or are obese and therefore and shifting tax burdens onto the general public?[/QUOTE]

Well, I think you have a point, but I do feel like cigarette are by far the worse of those evils.
You actually NEED to eat. Granted it's not all good food, but there is nutritional value in it, and it will keep you alive. Cigarettes and smoke, you don't need to survive.

saden1 08-08-2007 02:41 AM

Re: smokers tax
 
What about the prospect of taxing diapers, you know, for population control? It could lead to people having less kids thus reducing the number of poor and uninsured children.

jsarno 08-08-2007 02:52 AM

Re: smokers tax
 
[QUOTE=saden1;337583]What about the prospect of taxing diapers, you know, for population control? It could lead to people having less kids thus reducing the number of poor and uninsured children.[/QUOTE]


LOL...that's absurd.
ps- back in the day they used cloth diapers and washed them...ie reused them. Just food for thought.

Schneed10 08-08-2007 06:21 AM

Re: smokers tax
 
[quote=Sheriff Gonna Getcha;337429]I am not sure how I feel about the tax. What's next, taxing fast food or non-organic produce? Or how about taxing people who fail to exercise or are obese and therefore and shifting tax burdens onto the general public?[/quote]

Taxing fast food is actually an excellent idea (as long as you're taxing the high-fat stuff and not the apples & oranges). I never even thought of that.

Non-Organic produce is going too far, of course. Because non-organic produce is good for you, unlike smoking and fast food.

Here in PA there already is an alcohol tax, and there should be.


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