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

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  •  First: The Democratic Party is not "the left." (1+ / 0-)
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    Second: "Sin taxes" are effective because they tax products that are highly price inelastic: IOW, as the price is raised by a given percent, sales go down by a smaller percent.
       Thus, a legal substance that is highly addictive can be heavily taxed and people will continue to buy it.
        I'd have some sympathy for the poor tobacco industry, except that our government has acreage restrictions on farmers in order to keep tobacco prices high, but then allows imported tobacco, undercutting the US farmer.
       So the family farmer has been forced out of the tobacco biz.
       The meme about medical costs of smokers is wrong, too. My father lived to be 83 years old. He died of lung cancer after being crippled by emphysema from about age 45. His medical expenses were staggering. And his ability to earn a living was restricted.
       Smokers need to quit. If higher taxes force people to quit, good.
        As for the tobacco industry: I say, God damn the pusher.

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