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  •  If You Make Cigarettes Prohibitively Expensive... (1+ / 0-)
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    greeseyparrot

    ....you simply grow the cigarette black market, which already accounts for more than a quarter of cigarettes sold in European countries where they also believe they can render market forces nonexistent with artificially high cigarette prices.  As government gets ever-more gluttonous in profiting off of smokers' addictions, the black market is growing leaps and bounds in this country too.  Organized crime and the terrorist group Hezbollah stand to be the biggest beneficiaries of obscene, predatory cigarette taxes.

    The fact that "you have no problem paying for this through cigarette taxes" yet have no interest in contributing yourself renders you a phony.  You're expressing moral indignance at those who don't want to expand children's health care....when your lack of financial contribution to the cause you claim to care so much about tells me that you don't want to expand children's health care either....at least not enough to put forth any personal sacrifice.

    •  OMG, SCHIP HELPS HEZBOLLAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (1+ / 0-)
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      zinger99

      The fact that you continue to deny that everyone is already paying the society and economic costs of smoking doesn't render you a phony, it demonstrates that you're either blinded by your libertarian ideology or you're simply dishonest.

      The revolution will not be televised, but we'll analyze it to death at The Next Hurrah.

      by Dana Houle on Sat Sep 22, 2007 at 09:00:39 AM PDT

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    •  Cigarette smuggling still flows north (0+ / 0-)

      and British Tobacco partnered with N. Korea to establish a cigarette factory there with split ownership after the tobacco company was asked to leave a couple of other countries due to their factory producing bootleg cigarettes for the Chinese market.
      China, while the world's largest producer of tobacco, produces mostly low grade leaf due to the use of low nitrogen "nightsoil" fertilizers.  The Chinese have already protested but the N Koreans insist the ciggies are produced for domestic consumption only.
      Unlike many bootleg products, most bootleg cigarettes are produced by the companies themselves. In the US, Indian reservations are the major source for bootleg ciggies, at least on the east coast.

      By and large, in many states, the states have suffered financially by not imposing higher taxes. Anyone got a current tax table handy for each state?

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