posted on May, 1 2008 @ 12:35 PM
Several years ago, when tobacco taxes were raised AGAIN , in silent protest I started buying my smokes on a reservation - no taxes!!! Since then,
tobacco taxes have been raised at least a couple times, and I've noticed more and more and more people also getting their smokes at the reservation.
In fact, it's gotten so busy there that I won't even go at certain times: morning commute, lunch, and afternoon commute. I suspect this is
happening wherever people have this option, so maybe mainstream stores are selling less and therefore purchasing less. Just a thought.
I also know that while Target stopped selling tobacco years ago, the KMarts and WalMarts have recently done the same, but gave no notice to their
customers. They just sold out their stock, so the pickings were rather slim towards the end.
It's also a given that as tobacco taxes continue to increase, more and more people will do what they can to avoid paying those taxes, and more and
more people will be happy to do what they can to pocket the profit themselves... hence, a black market. Not all smuggling is related to terrorism.
On a side note, one of the great things I found at the rez was the variety of cigarettes - including organic tobacco. I've tried American Spirit
tobacco with no additives, and enjoyed it, but I prefer Dreams All Natural Vanilla (imported from Belgium). I actually spend less on these at the rez
than I would spend on Marlboros at the AM/PM. A lot of nonsmokers actually enjoy the scent of my smokes now.
I'm considering growing and harvesting my own tobacco... altho that will probably be illegal soon also - can't cut into the govt revenue!
And as another poster has mentioned, nicotine is Vit B3, and nicotine does have medicinal qualities, and it is not the "killer" so many people want
us to believe it is... The Cato Institute has some interesting information on this as well.
(Wow - my first post here!)