Now, as much as I am outraged by this blatant attempt to gouge the users of a legal product, I’m glad for it. I really am. Wanna know why? I’ll tell you.
I’m glad for it because it’s further down the road to making everybody quit smoking, which preserves their lives (albeit in a manner that I find extremely coercive, but what the hell). See, what will happen then is that without the tax base, without the large number of smokers subsidizing everyone else, everybody else will have to bear the tax burden, and I’ll get to hear them screaming about it from coast to coast. We all know that the cigarette settlements of a few years ago have pretty much been used up, with very little of it going towards smoking cessation programs, so there’s little reason to believe that this tax money will be used for any such purpose. In addition, budgets expand to use all available funds. So yeah, what I want to see is for people to quit en masse, and make you non-smokers eat shit when there’s a massive shortfall in the budget because eveybody quit.
Or maybe I want to see the black market explode. Maybe I want to see people getting picked up for illegal cigarette trafficking so I can hear that scream from coast to coast as well. Yeah, that’s it. Let’s send a few people to jail. That’s coming, you know. There will come a day when it will be profitable to smuggle smokes, and with taxes like this it will be soon.
I confess that I am a smoker and that this really chaps my ass because of that, but even if I were to quit (more likely when I quit) it doesn’t take a genius to see that some people are bearing one hell of a burden for the rest of you, and I think that it is morally and ethically reprehensible. And what’s more, they set these usurious tax levels in the certain knowledge that smokers are addicted and will not quit, or that theere will be a new generation of smokers to take up the slack. How egregious.