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  •  Too Easy (1+ / 0-)
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    Wood Dragon

    The tobacco companies manipulate the tobacco product to increase addiction rates--with MAOIs, changing pH (AKA free-basing), and so on.

    The pharma companies then get to charge you for a product to quit that has a low success rate and costs a fortune.

    Then the FDA goes after a harm-reduction alternative that works (the electronic) and that people have used to quit.  Fortunately, the not-quite-corrupt-yet court system knocked that down a number of years ago.  They're trying again this year.

    It only makes sense if you assume that, as a whole, government doesn't concern itself with the welfare of the people, merely the constant flow of money to itself and its benefactors.

    (-6.38, -7.03) Moderate left, moderate libertarian

    by Lonely Liberal in PA on Mon Apr 15, 2013 at 04:56:38 PM PDT

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    •  If This Tax Is Any Indication...... (2+ / 0-)

      ......the latter option is the government's only concern.  If they didn't want people to smoke, they wouldn't expand health care and preschool programs exclusively with dollars raised by cigarette taxes.  Not sure it's humanly possible to be TOO cynical about government's motives when tobacco is involved.

      •  The only logical conclusion... (1+ / 0-)
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        Mark27

        ... is that either:

        1) They want people to smoke for the revenue it generates
        or
        2) They don't really give a f*** about funding pre-K

        The meek shall inherit the Earth that the stupid destroyed.

        by CharlieHipHop on Mon Apr 15, 2013 at 06:40:49 PM PDT

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