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Tobacco tax: Myth vs. facts

July 17, 2013

To the editor: We were disappointed to read the opinions expressed in the July 6 editorial....

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rona45

Jul-18-13 6:56 AM

Adding another 3.00 a gallon in gas taxes will save a lot of unnecessary travel too.Probably prevent a lot of accident. It would keep people home so their dollars would be spent locally. Maybe even prevent some burglaries. Its amazing all the advantages raising taxes will do. Then they could do the same thing with alcohol. Before you know it we would have a surplus and could support more illegals.

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rangeral

Jul-18-13 4:17 PM

Good letter - to the point and factual.

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Merritt

Jul-18-13 5:10 PM

If government would stay out of health insurance, it wouldn't cost the non-smokers any money. I have no problem with the price of a pack of cigarettes, but I would prefer a portion goes to a person's Health Savings Account instead of to the general fund where our politicians will spend it and come back to the people for more taxes in the name of teachers and police officers.

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hartman75

Jul-19-13 1:51 PM

Good point Merritt, we are wasting our money by paying teachers and police officers! I have no doubt the tobacco companies would be willing to set aside a healthy portion of their earnings to pay for their customers health care issues related to smoking.

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(Actually Merritt, I WISH you could hear the sarcasm in my voice.)

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Merritt

Jul-19-13 3:23 PM

Teachers and police officers should be toward the top of the priority list for our government. When we discuss tax cuts and tax increases, it shouldn't even be in the conversation. The budget should be set, agreed upon, and non-negotiable. Then we wouldn't have politicians running around claiming we need to increase taxes for teachers and police when there is so much other garbage that could be cut first.

Since when do we care what the tobacco company is willing to do. I'm sure they wouldn't want to pay for people's health costs as a result of their product. But then why does the government pick up the tab and bill non-smokers? The argument could easily be made that this set-up subsidizes smoking.

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commonman

Jul-25-13 9:26 PM

Driving down main street behind a smoker, walking through walmart parking lot I smell smoke, into another store someone's cig is still smoking in a butt can. Why should a non-smoker have to be exposed to the health damaging effects without at least knowing smokers are paying a premium for their thoughtless habit? I wish it was $100 a pack and I don't care who disagrees or what "logic" they have for supporting smoking. It's a dumb habit.

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mcgrady

Jul-31-13 6:12 PM

uncommon,wow!"Driving down main street behind a smoker, walking through walmart parking lot I smell smoke, into another store someone's cig is still smoking in a butt can". I sure hope you drive an electric car, trim with a hand powered weed trimmer, use an electric lawnmower, hand rake-not leaf blower,......

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