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posted on Feb, 14 2009 @ 11:00 PM
Smokers should get nothing at all!
They choose to smoke all that crap
Then act like somebody owes them something
keep dreaming.

posted on Feb, 14 2009 @ 11:00 PM
Smokers should get nothing at all!
They choose to smoke all that crap
Then act like somebody owes them something
keep dreaming.

posted on Feb, 14 2009 @ 11:50 PM

Originally posted by cnichols
reply to post by atlasastro

It is my right to choose if I smoke or not. Just as it is someone's right to choose to eat beef or pork. Or someone's right to drink alchohol or not.
Last time I checked, beef didn't kill as many people as smoking. Pork eaters did not harm the non-pork eaters passively. Pork and beef eaters where not dropping pork and beef everywhere in the streets, emptying beef and pork from car ashtrays , or flicking bits of beef and pork onto the roads and streets as they drive around. Alchohol is taxed in my country. Smoking and Alchohol account for 80% and 60% respectively as cause in most cases of hospital admissions in my State.
People brew thier own beer. So grow your own tabacco.

I choose to smoke while understanding that I have to pay for that right, to a certain extent. But to be "penalized" by heavier and heavier taxes, to have additives added to my cigarettes because the government decided it's best for everyone is just simply not right.
I understand that, why not quit then, why is that not an option if you are so dissatisfied with the product and the perception that you are being penalised. But to what extent do you classify a "certain extent" becoming a penalty? I find it amusing that you are only willing to pay a certain extent. LOL. No, you pay the full extent. This is your choice to smoke. Full extent.
Are you suggesting that the Govt. is allocating a penalty on smokers for nothing?. Why not ask Society what it sees as a fair "certain extent" of payment. If we ask smokers to allocate this "fair certain extent of payment" do you really think it will allocate a realistic taxation on itself. I mean, really! Please.

Would you like it if someone started taxing beef and said it was a sin tax because you ENJOY eating a steak? omg!
Your analogy is assinine. If I eat beef, I do not become addicted to it. In fact, I don't eat beef(seriously just poultry and fish). But I'll answer your ludicrous attempt to infer a parrallel between the two.
If I eat beef, I don't have to eat it at regular intervals that mean I have to give it priority over all other matters. If I eat beef, I do not have to do it 15, 20, 30 times a day and so endangering my health, the health of others etc etc. OMG!

I don't mind paying a bit extra in taxes, honestly, but there has to be a limit somewhere. Some states the taxes you pay on cigarettes are more than the cigarettes themselves!
I agree that taxes are harsh. But the taxes are there for a reason, not just because you smoke, but because of what smoking does.
I find it amusing that you are willing to pay with your health, your well being, the way others will relate to you yet when it comes to money,'ll draw a line.

And while I will admit that yes, it that the health system may bear some "burden" from smokers, I don't feel it's right to say that the non-smoking taxpayer bears all the burden. They don't.

Aggregate Costs to U.S. Economy: The Surgeon General recently testified that the U.S. spends
approximately $50 billion per year treating smoking related illness.11 This amount represents the
estimated spending in 1993 dollars. Adjusting for inflation, tobacco use may result in excess
medical expenditures of nearly $60 billion today.12 Public funding — primarily Medicare and
Medicaid — paid over 40 percent of those costs, or more than $20 billion.13 Taking this into
account, the net cost of smoking is roughly $45 billion per year.

I can dig these up all day, for every country.
You think the current taxes on tabacco are covering this? This is an old study. Wonder what the costs are currently? And that is just in excess medical health care. On top of all other health care. Excess. More. Over and above.

] Ever heard of health insurance? Smokers pay higher premiums because they choose to smoke.

You believe all cost are cover by insurance, are you saying all smokers making claims will have their costs covered, please! Insurance companies rip off the healthiest of people with clauses and loop holes,I also have to say sorry, My health system is generally free. Its a public health system covered by tax payers via a levy so while that is more relevat to my point of view I concede that my arguement may have failed to account for your system, so sorry.

And smokers pay taxes too! More than the average non-smoker I'm sure.

Are you saying that smokers are taxed more as per your tax code, or that it is the added taxes on the products combined.
If its just added then this is right. As a citizen your taxes should be the same as everyone else regardless of weather you smoke or not. The added tax on the product is justified.
How do you justify the added costs of time, resources, man power etc dedicated to fighting preventable diseases caused by smoking, that that time, resources and manpower could be allocated to other diseases and illnesses. How do you count that?

It really gets my goat to hear the non-smoker start preaching about how much of a burden we smokers are on them. Like we don't work to make our money or pay our share of taxes. All we do is lay around and smoke cigarettes to make everyone else miserable.
Your post are pretty depressing.

GE was so impressed it plans to offer an incentive program nationwide next year, aiming to save some of the company's estimated $50 million annually in extra health and other costs for smoking employees.
It got GE's goat. It was costing them 50 large.
I like how you inflate the arguement there. You are a burden. It is evident that smokers are a burden. It is evident that smokers are less productive. It is as evident as it is that smoking damages you.
No doubt it gets your goat. I bet it will when you have emphacema. I bet it will really get your goat when you have cancer. How will your goat be when your arteries harden and you need a by pass. Does it get your goat that Pork and beef don't taste the same anymore because smoking has destroyed the way you taste things. When the blood vessel in your extremities, say in your lower legs begin to fail as you grow older, exposing you to many, many problems. I find it funny that you relegate any opposition to preaching yet, from your own soap box your presentation is that only of why you yourself should not pay the full extent of that which you choose to do. And that if there is a cost to society, it is not as much as you think it is, and that the solution presented(taxes) is too harsh as it not by you and not to the extent you think it should be. LOL.
I bet it gets your goat that you are just wrong. You know smoking is wrong. You know it is stupid. You know how much damage it is doing. You know why it is taxed. You know that, and you know that you just cannot stop. I bet that gets your goat too.

Anyway, there is no point probably conversing with a smoker and the taxes they incur.
They will defend their position out of a need to re-inforce that they are right and are some how the victims of circumstances rather then within a setting of their own design purely through self choice.

Light 'em up.

after reading this I know your busting for one. Go on, I'l give you 5 minutes.

[edit on 14-2-2009 by atlasastro]

posted on Feb, 15 2009 @ 01:47 AM
reply to post by atlasastro

Yes, I will concede the point that alot of smokers throw their butts on the ground. However, I don't.

And yes, I just may start growing my own tabacco.
Good idea. Thx.

The amount that smokers are "taxed" is something that can be debated for eternity and no agreement will be reached. Personally, I didn't really "complain" about the taxes, just mentioned that it seems that taxes are being raised exponentially and it does seem more of a penalty. *shrug* Never implied that it was for *nothing* either. Please do not read into what I posted more than what was said.

And the beef thing was supposed to be sarcastic. Point missed I suppose. And while you may be able to do without beef, personally I know quite a number of folks who will eat practically nothing else! Seriously.

As far as my health is concerned, yes I realize that smoking isn't good for me. I realize that I'm supporting "huge corporations". I also realize it's not in my best interest or anyone elses that I smoke. One day I may be able to buck up and quit.

And, like most people who have their choices so fully countered I got a bit miffed. Such is life.


posted on Feb, 15 2009 @ 02:53 AM
reply to post by SuperSlovak

Smokers should get nothing at all! They choose to smoke all that crap Then act like somebody owes them something keep dreaming.

Yeah, I'd say the same thing if they taxed XBOX LIVE USERS.

Don't rip on smokers when you are blowing smoke yourself.

BTW...thanks to this tax...I'M QUITTING.

Screw it. I'm not giving the government anymore of my money. I'll just make them tax the rest of you non smokers more.

You want us to quit...fine....but you will pay for it in the end.

posted on Feb, 28 2009 @ 06:29 PM
Great point David.

Saying whether smoking is good or bad or whatever is one thing...but taxing it just because it is so oppressed is not right either.

You know what I find HILARIOUS?

We get Tax Cuts (Stimulus Package), but then they raise the taxes on half the damn things in the country.

Could it be...oh no it can not...that it is just a giant scam to think we are not giving these scumbags as much money? Wouldn't making taxes like this just have the exact opposite effect as a stimulus package?

I know the answer - do you?

posted on Mar, 2 2009 @ 06:30 PM

Originally posted by atlasastro
reply to post by amatrine

Wow, you are a dollar down. How will you cope?

I hear almost 3 billion people in the world live on two dollars fifty a day. I am sure your news will stike a chord with them and that empathy as well as sympathy will no doubt be offered to your Husbands and your situation.

Poor smokers. Hey, need a light.....

There's no need to be sarcastic.....

Personally, I'm a smoker.

However, If the government is going to raise taxes on something, wouldn't you rather is be a luxury item that has negative health effects then say.... eggs? Or milk?

We all know the negative effects of smoking, yet we do it anyway.
If you don't want to pay higher taxes or you can't afford it then quit. Plain and simple.

posted on Mar, 2 2009 @ 07:01 PM
I have been smoking now for 24 years. When I started they were 1.04 a pack. Do I miss those days? NO. I grew up with a father that smoked. All my friends smoked. The first man I married smoked. I grew up believing it was safe. I found myself with an addiction I have had a hard time breaking. But thankfully all of these taxes on Cigarettes have helped me cut back. I was at 2-3 packs a day 5 years ago. Now I am down to under a pack a day and with the new taxes coming I will finally quit. Due to seizures as a child my doctor refused to give me anything to quit. He told me to cut back slowly or just do it cold turkey. I never had the will power. But when it comes to my money yep I have suddenly found the willpower to quit and have been doing so slowly. I just finished my last pack of cigarettes and will not be buying anymore. Yeah for me.

posted on Mar, 2 2009 @ 07:21 PM

Originally posted by atlasastro
reply to post by amatrine

Wow, you are a dollar down. How will you cope?

I hear almost 3 billion people in the world live on two dollars fifty a day. I am sure your news will stike a chord with them and that empathy as well as sympathy will no doubt be offered to your Husbands and your situation.

How much do you make a day? Do you give it to people who earn less than you or keep it?

Ever waste any money on entertainment, have cable TV, the Internet (which is obvious), Magazines, any Hobbies, Ski, Snowboard, Dive or any other unnecessary thing instead of giving your money to others who are less fortunate?

Do you spend money on clothes you don't need, like suits, ties or fashionable items? Do you drive a Ford Focus or did you spend money on a vanity item like a mid-size or large car? Any Artwork on your walls you bought? Any nick-knacks? Do you waste money collecting anything? Do you live in a house larger than you need? Remember, you only need a couple of hundred square feet per person. Got a large yard that wastes land? Do you own any jewelry? Have any pets to feed? Do you ever drive anywhere for pleasure and waste money on gas? Ever take a vacation?

All of these things are a waste of money just like cigarettes.

Got a log in your eye? Does it hurt?

posted on Mar, 2 2009 @ 07:27 PM

Originally posted by SuperSlovak
Smokers should get nothing at all!
They choose to smoke all that crap
Then act like somebody owes them something
keep dreaming.

Actually if Smokers all quit today, they would have to raise your taxes significantly to make up the shortfall in Federal, State and Local Budgets.

I think it would be hilarious if all Smokers quit on the same day. Watch the non-smokers scream when they realize how much in taxes smokers pay.

Don't come back with the medical costs nonsense. We figured that lie out decades ago. We not only pay for ours but are putting a huge amount into the general funds you folks benefit from.

Add up all the taxes smokers pay. I dare you

posted on Mar, 2 2009 @ 07:47 PM
I hope the government raises the tax on all the alcohol in this country just like they have cigarettes.
Then these all high and mighty people that condemn smoking will have to go cold turkey just like the smokers have to.

I don't smoke but my Dad lived to be 84 yrs old and he smoked since the age of 13 and he didn't die from smoking.

My Grandmother lived to be 96 yrs old and smoked most of her adult life and she didn't die from smoking either.

All of the self rightious people that hate smokers need to stay away from a smoker and mind their own business!

What this is all about is our "freedoms" are being taken away , one by one.
Tobacco has been here since the beginning of this country!

For the first time in my adult life I am not proud to be an American.

posted on Mar, 2 2009 @ 07:57 PM
reply to post by atlasastro

WHY do you care so much?????
You don't even live in the United States!

Mind you own business for God's sake!!!

David: THANKS!

[edit on 2-3-2009 by MagicaRose]

posted on Mar, 2 2009 @ 08:01 PM
They want to force people to stop smoking...i get it it's not healthy...

But what's ironic i know more people personally that have died due to drunk driver's than second hand smoke.

OH Please kill me oh drunk driver's!!!!!!!but please do not smoke doing it FOR HEAVEN SAKE.

the car's they drive put more crap in there lung's than me or 100 people smoking and breathing it directly in there face.
as they drive there hummer down the road they are killing my baby..can i sue them?lol

As pen and teller say it's BullSh_t!!!

[edit on 2-3-2009 by TheAmused]

posted on Mar, 2 2009 @ 08:19 PM
The whole thing is this. If they tax the smokes, the booze, the porn, what is next? Tax the eggs? Maybe bring them up to $5 a dozen? Then tax the Milk? $10 a gallon. More taxes on gas? Maybe $8 a gallon. Beans? Maybe $3 a pound. Where will it end?

I can see myself right now going to buy a loaf of bread for $10. Maybe by then I will want to sell my gun for that $50 kroger card.

I see it this way if folks all quit buying smokes, booze, and porn then they will have to go after the normal folks that dont smoke or drink and look at porn then that means putting taxes on food and useful stuff.

Oh man wait until the T.paper is $5 a roll

posted on Mar, 2 2009 @ 08:36 PM

Originally posted by atlasastro

Originally posted by cnichols
reply to post by atlasastro

[ If I eat beef, I do not become addicted to it. ]

That's it in a nutshell! Smokers become addicted to it!
I started smoking back when it was "cool" to do it. Even the people on the big screen smoked. It was the "in" thing to do! Now I've tried to quit a hundred times, and my will power is just nill. It's all I think about when I try to quit. I dont think smokers are evil, or bad people, we are just unfortunate to get caught up in a habit that has become so highly addictive.

posted on Mar, 2 2009 @ 10:41 PM
Things that were once bad for you , now good for you, then bad again.
Next vitamin C will be bad for you and they will tax that.

posted on Mar, 2 2009 @ 11:01 PM
I have 2 questions for all the non smokers here.

They passed this law mainly because it is bad for us and see this as a way to get us to quit right.

What are you going to do when the government declares driving to much is bad for the enviroment, therefor bad for us and they start taxing the crap out of gasoline and it the price shoots up to $10 a gallon?

If you say that it isn't the same thing you would be wrong. Cars pollute the air that you breathe, more so then second hand smoke. So the government could use the same thinking that they are using for this and extend it to include driving.

posted on Mar, 2 2009 @ 11:01 PM
I thought about quiting when they raise taxes again. Just to take a bit of money out of the governments tax coffers...but...when reading replies by non smokers I remember one of the most important reasons I smoke.

I can get away from non smokers by lighting up. I find smokers so much more friendlier. So much more nicer. If thats what nicotine, tar, and chemicals do for you then they should make the whole world smoke so everyone would be nicer

posted on Mar, 3 2009 @ 02:58 AM
reply to post by napayshni57

We're nicer cuz we arent stressed! Just have a smoke, luv!

posted on Mar, 3 2009 @ 03:16 AM
You know, I really only want to be left alone. Please. Either go among your merry way or just leave us the hell out of your blood (tax) sucking and bashing crap. Though Many of you may find my habits offensive, (But I really wasn't asking what you think), I pay more than my fair share of taxes and just really want to live and let live. Please get off your high horses before you find yourself without one, and heaven forbid you have to walk among the humans again. If you drive a gas car, Then Please, Shut up as you drive something that can be used to commit suicide in more ways than one. The biggest one is ---- OK lets get real for a moment. If your car consumes gas, just how long do you think you can stay inside a garage keeping the engine running and the garage door shut before you will die? Now, how many packs of cigs would one have to smoke to make that happen? Has it happened yet? Well do you think maybe you are a hyprocrite and people in glass houses should not throw stones? This isn't China - yet- but I am sure if there are more of you out there for point the finger crap, well, when they come around and believe me they will, Who will be left to stick up for you? Don't you realize this is about divide and conquer? Wake UP!!! Wake up or be prepared to walk alone when the day comes that your genes, or coffee, or whatever, is singled out. America Should be All for One and One for all!!!...Otherwise we are just becoming China 2.0..

Sorry but anyone who gets on the "I am better than you and we should crucify these people in the name of anything", boils my blood. You how are without sin, you cast the first stone. Then you best run.

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