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Old 03-26-2010, 06:48 AM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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Cash-strapped states are hitting smokers hard in the pocketbook, raising cigarette taxes to help plug budget shortfalls.

So far this year, legislators have voted to raise cigarette taxes by $1 per pack in Utah and 75 cents a pack in New Mexico.

Cigarette taxes are gold rush for states - USATODAY.com (http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2010-03-25-cigarette-tax_N.htm - broken link)
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Old 03-26-2010, 04:14 PM
 
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Cash-strapped states are hitting smokers hard in the pocketbook, raising cigarette taxes to help plug budget shortfalls.

So far this year, legislators have voted to raise cigarette taxes by $1 per pack in Utah and 75 cents a pack in New Mexico.

Cigarette taxes are gold rush for states - USATODAY.com (http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2010-03-25-cigarette-tax_N.htm - broken link)
As a Utah non smoker I think that is OK good on them.
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Old 03-26-2010, 06:03 PM
 
Location: mancos
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i havent bought a pack in a year and a half thanks to the taxes. i still smoke though.welcome to the new America. roaring 20's all over again
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Old 03-26-2010, 06:04 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
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As a Utah non smoker I think that is OK good on them.
Until they begin to overly tax something you enjoy doing.
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Old 03-26-2010, 06:05 PM
 
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Until they begin to overly tax something you enjoy doing.
They would never do such a thing! /gasp
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Old 03-26-2010, 06:05 PM
 
Location: Michigan
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My grandma managed to quit smoking because the taxes made it unaffordable. She's been trying to quit for years, but this finally helped her to stop. I say they should keep it up.
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Old 03-26-2010, 06:06 PM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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As a Utah non smoker I think that is OK good on them.
Don't worry. I'm sure your "vice" is somewhere on their list.
Your day will come, my friend.
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Old 03-26-2010, 06:08 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
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My grandma managed to quit smoking because the taxes made it unaffordable. She's been trying to quit for years, but this finally helped her to stop. I say they should keep it up.
That'd be fine if the reason for the increased taxes was to get people to stop smoking. But the reason is to increase tax revenue in this economic decline. When more people either quit smoking or start buying blackmarket cigarettes, then state governments will begin looking at other things to raise taxes on instead of cutting wasteful spending in state and local governments.
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Old 03-26-2010, 06:09 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
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Next they may begin by raising the taxes/fees on internet, cable TV, and cell phones.
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Old 03-26-2010, 06:17 PM
 
Location: mancos
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my state just taxed candy and sodapop. guess the tabacco tax failed to provide enough$$$. taxing kids sux
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