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The new tax is supposed to do two things: discourage people from smoking and fund the children's health care bill they just expanded.

Problem is that if they succeed to any degree in the first case, that will leave the second justification unfunded. But I'm sure our leaders will find a way to take care of that little problem later. Wonder what it'll be?
 

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The new tax is supposed to do two things: discourage people from smoking and fund the children's health care bill they just expanded.

Problem is that if they succeed to any degree in the first case, that will leave the second justification unfunded. But I'm sure our leaders will find a way to take care of that little problem later. Wonder what it'll be?
I don't see people quitting....:(
 

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The new tax is supposed to do two things: discourage people from smoking and fund the children's health care bill they just expanded.

Problem is that if they succeed to any degree in the first case, that will leave the second justification unfunded. But I'm sure our leaders will find a way to take care of that little problem later. Wonder what it'll be?
When the cigarette tax revenue approaches zero, they will just start tacking taxes on beer, wine, and alcohol.
 

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The new tax is supposed to do two things: discourage people from smoking and fund the children's health care bill they just expanded.

Problem is that if they succeed to any degree in the first case, that will leave the second justification unfunded. But I'm sure our leaders will find a way to take care of that little problem later. Wonder what it'll be?
That is one of the most idiotic statements I have read on this forum. If people stopped smoking we would save hundreds of billions of dollars a year in medical costs.
 

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Around here we're paying $7.50 a pack and it's supposed to go up to around $8.20. We're going out this weekend to a tobacco shop to purchase the stuff to roll our own.
 

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SU and I gave up smoking at the beginning of the year and now his cigs are $5.90 a pack up $1 in 2 and half months!

It would be nice if they used the money properly but it will never happen.
 

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When the cigarette tax revenue approaches zero, they will just start tacking taxes on beer, wine, and alcohol.
Received a email from Crown Royal last week. It is already in the works to raise the alcohol tax by 20%.

Will have to start smoking the weed, it will be much cheaper.
 

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Raising the tax won't make a dent in the number of people smoking. When I quit, over 5 years ago, a carton of 200 cigs was over $80. I didn't quit because of the cost, I quit because I could feel my health being severely affected by a two pack a day habit.
 

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A pack of 25 costs just over $10 here. Our alcohol is probably twice as much as it is in the US because of the gov't tax on it.
 

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When the cigarette tax revenue approaches zero, they will just start tacking taxes on beer, wine, and alcohol.
They already are here. See my "NJ" post from earlier today. :rolleyes:
 

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A pack of 25 costs just over $10 here. Our alcohol is probably twice as much as it is in the US because of the gov't tax on it.
I was just going to say you Americans should all count your lucky stars you don't live in Canada then - as we've been paying crazy taxes on both for years now. Years.

I don't smoke anymore but I think a pack is 10.59ish here.

and don't even get me started on the cost of booze. You guys have it pretty good from what I see in that department (well, at least the states I've been to, the cost is waaaaay cheaper then what we'd pay)
 

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Kinda like "Fair Tax"...me likey! :)

Just like if they raised the price of tax on dog food...I would gladly pay because it is IMPORTANT to me.

I agree with Maple that companies would save tons of money on health premiums for their employees if more people did not smoke. I used to be a smoker, so I understand both sides of the coin. I loved it; it was hard to give up; no I don't feel any better, but I don't stink any more either. ;)
 

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That is one of the most idiotic statements I have read on this forum. If people stopped smoking we would save hundreds of billions of dollars a year in medical costs.
The new tax is supposed to do two things: discourage people from smoking and fund the children's health care bill they just expanded.

Problem is that if they succeed to any degree in the first case, that will leave the second justification unfunded. But I'm sure our leaders will find a way to take care of that little problem later. Wonder what it'll be?
It might be idiotic if one could have any faith in ones government to spend the money saved by people quitting smoking on other health care. Unfortunately, I do not. I think it will disappear into the general fund while out leadership looks for another tax to support this children's insurance bill. Millions for the advancement of astronomy in Hawaii anybody?

But thanks for the compliment. Being the most idiotic statement ever made on this forum is really saying something.
 
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