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Old 03-30-2009, 07:07 PM
 
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I buy packs a few times a month. I got one last week and it was $9.75 for a pack! Pretty sure that'll be my last pack...

I remember in the late 90's when I sold packs at the grocery store in Iowa for $1.12.
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Old 03-30-2009, 07:16 PM
 
Location: Bettendorf, Iowa
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All this is hurting are poor people who might only have one vice. Give 'em a break already.
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Old 03-30-2009, 08:21 PM
 
Location: St. Louis, MO
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What I don't like is the tax money being used for children's healthcare. Don't get me wrong...I'm all for children's healthcare but basing it off of a sin tax is irresponsible. As the number of smokers diminishes programs supported by the sin tax will suffer budget shortfalls and then will rely on the tricky business of rasing taxes on other non 'sinful' things like your income. I say pay for the healthcare responsibly now and use the the tax hikes to pay for programs that help people to quit.
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Old 03-30-2009, 08:26 PM
 
Location: Marion, IA
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If they TRULY wanted people to quit they'd outlaw cigarettes. But instead they are using peoples vices to line their pockets and further their sick agendas.
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Old 03-30-2009, 08:34 PM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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Isn't the real nail on the coffin for smokers the act of smoking itself?

Just sayin'.
I dont know what will kill me first, the cigs or my blood pressure (caused by my fellow statesmen who vote LOSERS into office year after bloody year).
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Old 03-30-2009, 09:13 PM
 
Location: Southeast Missouri
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You can't outlaw cigarettes. If people want to do things that endanger their own lives (drinking, smoking, killing themselves with food), the government is not allowed to stop them. The government can kill them with taxes, however.
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Old 03-30-2009, 09:20 PM
 
Location: Houston Texas
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As if cancer wasn't enough reason not to smoke.

Smelling disgusting, premature aging and filthiness isn't enough reason either so whats the big deal about $10 a pack.
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Old 03-30-2009, 09:25 PM
 
Location: Andersonville, Chicago
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All this is hurting are poor people who might only have one vice. Give 'em a break already.
Ah, yes. You mean those poor people without health insurance, who consequently drive premiums up with their related health problems. Sure, give 'em a break!
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Old 03-30-2009, 09:31 PM
 
Location: Houston Texas
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Ah, yes. You mean those poor people without health insurance, who consequently drive premiums up with their related health problems. Sure, give 'em a break!
Didnt you know its our fault they are poor? We need to give them more of our income too.
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Old 03-30-2009, 09:43 PM
 
Location: Southeast Missouri
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Smelling disgusting, premature aging and filthiness isn't enough reason either so whats the big deal about $10 a pack.
Not all smokers are filthy. Many are. Some are not. I know smokers who do not smoke all the time and who do not smell. If you didn't know them, you wouldn't know they smoked.
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