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CIGARETTES: Politicians blowing smoke

Letter by Jack T. Moore, Lacey on April 9, 2012 at 11:48 am | 12 Comments »
April 9, 2012 2:18 pm

Re: “Roll-your-own smokes tax has retailers fuming” (TNT, 4-2).

Once again, under the guise of saving us from ourselves and caring about our health, the state government has found a way to take more of our money. More taxes. House Bill 2565 would increase taxes on roll-your-own cigarettes. Prices would go from $34.50 to $67.60 a carton, a nice increase.

Our politicians have never seen a tax they didn’t like. We have a case of Big Tobacco along with Big Government attempting to squash the so called competition by taking big money from low-income smokers. What a bunch of bullies.

I thought these politicians were always looking out for the little guy, but I guess not. If you follow their logic, they should add additional taxes to the coffee we buy at the store because some people have espresso machines at home and will use them to cheat Starbucks out of some of its profit. People who roll-their-own are cutting out the middle man – what’s wrong with that?

Things do not happen in a vacuum. If government massively increases taxes, smokers will modify their habit, giving less money to the government. We’re told this is all about fairness and public health. Give me a break. This is all about more money for the government. I know this bill is wrong, and I’m not a smoker.

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