Put This In Your Pipe…..

First of all, I support smoking rights and I’ve never smoked a cigarette.  I hate when the government tells me it knows better than I,  how I should live my life.  Second-hand smoke?  There’s as much controversy on this as there is on global warming.  I think both  are exaggerated.

The government wants to safeguard your health?  What a pants load that is.  The government wants more tax dollars to pay for its bloated budgets and  breaks for special interest campaign contributors.  And when it comes to taxes, nobody does it better than New York.

New York Legislators are now kicking around a new tax that would add lots of pennies to sugary drinks – it’s called the “sugar tax”.  Virtually all soft drinks here will cost more with the additional fee per bottle.  The official line of crap?  “Too many of our children are obese –  we want them to limit their soft drink intake”.  Right.

Do more taxes – which have skyrocketed the cost of a brand name pack of cigarettes to about $9 – work to curb peoples’ behavior?

According to an annual Gallup poll, the rate of smoking adults in the US is about 20%.  It’s remained constant for many years. Imagine years of draconian taxes, disgusting commercials we must all watch, and the vilification of people who smoke – with no measurable “positive”  results.

Who else but the government could pull off a scam like that?  People should remember that “sin” taxes just don’t penalize the “sinners” – they penalize all of us who believe in individual rights.

6 Responses to “Put This In Your Pipe…..”

  1. Bill says:

    I agree with your take on government using “issues” to rake in more loot, and I agree it should keep its nose out of our personal behavior. However, it is also true far fewer people are smoking today, and those who do smoke don’t smoke as much. The anti-tobacco campaign has been a great success. The public information effort is one reason, but there is no question the high price of tobacco has been a huge factor.

    I don’t like it any more than you do, but taxing soft drinks probably will lessen their consumption with poorer people the most likely victims of this latest experiment in social engineering.

  2. paolo. says:

    Well Bill, you’re technically correct about a decrease in smoking in the last 5 or 10 years, but this slight decline is more than made up for by the alternative tobacco products people now use.

    There has been a significant decline in cigarette smoking – if you go back about 50 or 60 years. In those days, when packs cost a dime, over 40% of Americans smoked. But over the years at about 1/2 percent per year, the decline has been so gradual as to be almost meaningless.

    “Decline in Cigarette Smoking In U.S. Significantly Offset by Increase in Use of Cigars, Snuff, Roll-Your-Own and Other Tobacco Products” Source:
    http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/press-releases/2008-releases/decline-in-cigarette-smoking-in-offset-by-use-of-other-tobacco-products.html

    Except in terms of awareness, few people in the medical community believe the anti-tobacco campaign has had any significant success.

  3. Steve says:

    ironically, the “sugar tax” is not on drinks made with sugar, but from Hif Fructose Corn Syrup, a derivative of corn and much worse for you than sugar.

  4. paolo. says:

    Steve, isn’t this high fructose syrup in EVERYTHING? How would they tax it if not at the source (manufacturer)? Joe B-I wrote something about this awhile ago – seems it’s everywhere.

  5. Joe Bele-Isle says:

    Veterans are eligible for service connected disabilities. In WWII and Korea and I think the first part of Vietnam field rations came with cigarettes included. I think kids that were drafted or joined in those era’s and became addicted to smoking and developed infacima (S?) or lung cancer should get a service connection. That’s one small point.
    The other is that the tax is supposed to offset the healthcare cost of smokers dideases THAT KILL THEM EARLY. Uhhh??? Doeasn’t that actually reduce their effect on Soc. Sec. and a lot of old timers long term care?
    AND the surgeon General doesn’t warn any of the foreign people we ship smokes to.
    PLUS we PAY the Tobacco farmers to grow Tobacco and secure their jobs kinda with the tax money we charge the smokers.
    And of course the Tobacco/cigarette company lobbyists and their bribes in congress.
    Don’t change the constitution or give corporations citizens rights, corprations are just rich folks gambling on how good they can screw their workers and still get the job done. WORKERS are citizens represented in the constitution. SOOO I’ll say it again.
    Put a BIG limit on how much a lobbyist can spend or “Give,” a congressthug, AND FIRE THE ENTIRE CONGRESS, AND THIS THING WE HAVE SWEET-TALKING US INTO THINKING HE’S ONE OF US.

  6. Joe Bele-Isle says:

    And again I’ll put in, Here we have what’s called, “Government in the Sunshine Law.” All interoffice memo’s must be available to the public and meetings between politicians in private where they can plan how to gang up on another are illegal, unless the press is told and can take notes. Reagans having to add having our retirement age get older and older to a law he got passed- that kind of slipping one crrooked deal in with a bill that needs to be passed to buy a representatives vote- that has to be done away with. Bills voted on, bill by bill. What’s so hard about that? And if they can’t get the job done- fire them, that’s what elections are for and we need to start using them.

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