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  •  I understand your point. (0+ / 0-)

    I smoke (deliberately, I might add) and yet I have no problem paying higher taxes on cigarettes.  I do, however, also understand the concerns about the developing black market.  Cigarette taxes (as with alcohol taxes) may be an isolated instance where the Laffer Curve actually does apply - there is undoubtedly a point beyond which returns on the taxation rate begin to diminish and/or begin to create more problems than they were intended to mitigate.

    I should also note that most members of my extended family have smoked, back through my great grandparents.  All survived into at least their mid-70s and several into their mid-80s.  None of those who did smoke have had any lung problems except my maternal grandfather who set lead type in a printing plant for 45 years (and rarely smoked).  The only one who had heart disease, my maternal grandmother, never smoked.   None of this means, of course, that I won't have lung problems down the road, but I have other specific issues that will likely kill me before they have a chance to develop, so . . .

    "You are coming to a sad realization. CANCEL or ALLOW?"

    by sxwarren on Sat Sep 22, 2007 at 11:59:45 AM PDT

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