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View Diary: Can Democrats Really Afford To Forfeit The Votes of 46 Million Smokers? (226 comments)

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    Do you smoke three packs a day?  Because that is what the diarist is implying the average smoker smokes.  That strikes me as a lot.  Assume 8 hours of sleep, that is a cigarette every 16 waking minutes.  It usually takes longer than 16 minutes to vote...

    •  The diarist has pulled far more (1+ / 0-)
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      than that ridiculous average out of his ass.

      At my very worst I was 3 packs a day. That was when I had 2 part time, extremely boring jobs so I had a shit load of time on my hands. Now it is a pack to a pack and a half. My wife is at a half pack to a pack.

      Most of the people taking a hard line against us are firmly convinced that they are the last defenders of civilization... The last stronghold of mother, God, home and apple pie and they're full of shit! David Crosby, Journey Thru the Past.

      by Mike S on Sun May 12, 2013 at 02:03:41 PM PDT

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    •  The Average Smoker Smokes About A Pack A Day..... (0+ / 0-)

      .....and since a 94-cent per pack tax increase would equate to about a $2-per-pack price increase due to the increased costs down the distribution line, and on top of sales taxes to boot, we're talking about $1,000 here.  Not exactly a small sum for households with a median income of $30,000 per year, especially considering it's on top of thousands of dollars per year of existing cigarette taxes at the state and federal level.

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