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The Governor says the tax increase will help generate extra revenue for the state.(1)
The smoking rate among low-income Kentuckians is much higher (38 percent) than among higher-income state residents (27 percent).(2)
Nearly one-third of Kentucky households had to choose whether to pay for food or medical care in 2001, the report said, and the numbers appear to be rising. And many poor working families are caught in the middle, the report said -- lacking adequate income to cover the costs of private health insurance, yet making just enough to disqualify them for public health insurance programs.(2)
This is just below poverty not including the working poor.
In Kentucky, 16.5 percent of the households had an income below the federal poverty level.(3)
Almost two out of three (63 percent) young adults ages 18 to 34 tried unsuccessfully to quit in the last year. (2)
Originally posted by Countermeasures
I have mixed feelings about this, if it turns out that many poor and other smokers will decide to stop smoking because it's too expensive, that might improve the health of the population, however if they keep smoking and their children have to do without a lousy christmass present or a new pants , that's not a pretty thought, but ultimately, smoking is a free choice and you can decide yourselve if you are willing to pay the price in terms of money / health for smoking...
How do you like your Kentucky Chicken, Smoked or Fried?
[edit on 7-1-2005 by Countermeasures]
Originally posted by ThichHeaded
the money ends up going elsewhere.. so Timmy still gets the half assed christmas anyway...
Ask any X-smoker here.. they will probably agree with that.
It's a matter of priorities. If you want to ensure that Timmy has that new matchbox car you'll make sure that extra $50 sticks around.
and that's coming from an on -off again smoker