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February 21, 2009

Cigarette taxes and kids’ health

We have now banned smoking in restaurants and public places. So now the secondhand smoke has been banned, and our health is saved!

If smoking is so bad for us, ban it. Tell our government to stop subsidizing tobacco growers. Now we are imposing a 62 cents a pack tax on cigarettes to take care of our children’s health care (2/16, A-1, “Will cigarettes end up a lifesaver?”). Can you believe that a “health hazard” will pay for children’s health care?

What if every smoker quits, lives longer and puts a bigger burden on Social Security, which is broke, by living longer?

My solution? Everyone should smoke, pay high taxes, die sooner and save our Social Security. Should this be part of our “stimulus” package? What a country.

Al Ward
Kansas City

Being one of your senior citizens who has smoked for the past 50 years of his life, I find it quite humorous that once again we smokers have been targeted for the cure- alls of the world.

Once again I am told that it is a win-win situation. How, I haven’t quite figured out, for if all of us smokers quit like they say we will, then where will the money come from to help the poor needy children?

Big Brother seems to be looking over my shoulder again and telling me what is good for me. Trouble is, who will be watching him when he starts looking elsewhere for this cure-all?

Loyd Byfield
Kansas City

Comments

TinaMcG

"Only a moron with no econimic savvy would rely on a cigarette tax while using that same revenue fo smoking cessation. Whoever thought of it, is an empty suit and at least mildly retarded."

I know, it's crazy isn't it? It's almost as stupid as assuring us that Iraqi oil would pay for the war!

NoMoreMrNiceGuy

Only a moron with no econimic savvy would rely on a cigarette tax while using that same revenue fo smoking cessation. Whoever thought of it, is an empty suit and at least mildly retarded.

solomon

True Turkish tobaccy

Pub 17

Remember Murads? I could use a Murad right now.

solomon

Threads like this always make me want a Luckey!

Stifled Freedom

It will never be completely banned. The sure way to keep any vice legal is to keep the govt addicted to the special tax revenue. Once that happens, all the alleged negative effects will be willfully ignored.

Pub 17

We can hope.

TinaMcG

"My solution? Everyone should smoke, pay high taxes, die sooner and save our Social Security. Should this be part of our “stimulus” package? What a country."

Al, your resentment and anger will kill you long before your smoking habit will.


Pub 17

Rouge didn't actually READ that in these two letters, he's getting messages from the Planet Zarkon through the foil in his hat again.

BudRog

What you guys actually paid to care of your kids, including their health care? Damn, imagine that.

 
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