Letters to the Editor

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Tag: cigarettes

Feb.
13th

LAKEWOOD: Cigarettes aren’t the real problem

As several recent letter writers have advocated for the Lakewood ban on smoking cigarettes in public parks, I offer something else to put in their pipes to smoke.

Every time I go to Fort Steilacoom Park, the air is so thick with car exhaust and wood smoke, I often think of cautioning joggers about running in such polluted air. They should be wearing gas masks. The respiratory problems caused by carbon dioxide and wood smoke particulates make the pollution caused by a few cigarettes almost negligible.

The park is bordered on one side by Pierce College, whose parking lots are

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Sep.
24th

TACOMA: Those butts last just about forever

I recently spent a few hours with over a dozen other members of our Midland community cleaning up our stretch of the road along Portland Avenue. We accumulated more than 34 bags of trash, and it could have been more had we picked up every single cigarette butt that was along the road.

There may well be a misconception among some smokers – indeed, I know there is – that cigarette butts decompose. Not so. While they may not last as long as hot dogs in the landfill, they certainly have longevity when tossed out a window or discarded carelessly

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April
9th

CIGARETTES: Politicians blowing smoke

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

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April
5th

CIGARETTES: Most retailers favor RYO taxes

The headline on an April 2 article regarding “roll-your-own” (RYO) tobacco shops says, “Roll-your-own smokes tax has retailers fuming.”

Retailers we collectively represent are not “fuming” about the current proposal before the Legislature. We support it. The only “retailers” not supporting it are the outlets for cheap cigarettes that have taken advantage of a tax loophole.

Legitimate retailers such as grocery stores, convenience stores and gas stations currently sell cigarettes with tax stamps and collect the proper state and federal taxes. For many convenience stores, cigarette sales can be upwards of 30 percent of their total annual revenue.

While

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March
26th

CIGARETTES: Save the roll-your-own stores

Re: “Roll your own hurts retailers and state” (letter, 3-24).

I disagree with the writer’s claims that roll-your-own (RYO) stores are bad for the economy of the state and are costing the state tax revenue.

Prior to finding a local RYO store, I was importing my smokes from an online duty-free outlet in Europe. Washington got no money from these transactions.

I’m sure a lot of RYO customers will go back to online ordering if the Legislature shuts these stores down. Others will shop for smokes in Oregon, Idaho or Canada.

The writer, the executive director of the Washington

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March
26th

CIGARETTES: Don’t stifle competition

Re: “Roll your own hurts retailers and state” (letter, 3-24).

Whatever happened to the free marketplace?

This country was founded on entrepreneurship and free market. I am a retired small business owner and have dealt with the state on many issues. The only businesses that get support and breaks from the state are the large corporations, thereby causing the small ones to pick up the slack.

Who will pick up that slack when the government regulates the mom and pops out of business? Most corporations are mom-and-pop operations. If the roll-your-own tobacco shops are harming other companies, then the

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March
23rd

CIGARETTES: Roll your own hurts retailers and state

Roll your own (RYO) cigarette retailers have been opening at an alarming rate throughout the state of Washington. These stores advertise cheap smokes but end up costing average mom-and-pop retailers, grocery stores and the state a lot of money. This is why a large coalition of retailers are supporting House Bill 2565.

HB 2565 defines a finished roll your own (RYO) cigarette as a “cigarette,” which is subject to the same excise tax levied on these products in average convenience and grocery stores. The tobacco used in RYO machines is loose-leaf cigarette tobacco, which has been mislabeled as pipe tobacco

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