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November 10th, 2001

Taxin’ the Smokes

I’m not a smoker. I think it’s a totally disgusting habit – one that is bad not only for the smoker, but the smokees (not to be confused with Smokeys) around that person. That said, I also understand that breaking that habit is quite difficult.

It looks like Washington state wants to make it a little easier, though: they now have the highest cigarette tax in America. Voters approved a 60 cent per pack increase to a whopping $1.425/pack – and that’s just taxes. I think it’s a great idea, and a few smokers I heard on a radio show discussing the issue agreed. The consensus was that, yes, smoking is bad – but people seem to be willing to pay the price.

But what if you’re not willing? Will people quit smoking simply because it costs too much money? -pm

Posted in Consumer Commentary

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