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Originally posted by CuriousSkeptic
I don't understand what changed with smoking to demand new government attention? I mean are smokers suddenly breaking into homes, setting courts ablaze, and beating ESL children? Why in an industry that hasn't changed much and been around since before this country originated (and also one of the main reasons this country became successful) is the government now deciding to do a cannon ball right in the middle of? I am a smoker but it makes absolutely no sense. Did cigarettes suddenly get way more powerful, is there hydroponics cigarettes now, are people mixing tobacco and baking soda? I don't understand why the FDA and the Federal Government suddenly gets to jump on this industry and on my right to make my own choices.
However, it's good thing. Jack up the prices to $50. Pretty soon Cigarettes will be more expensive than pot and I'll just smoke more untaxed patriotic marijuana. Everyone wins in that scenario except the kids, but like the government really gives a # about them anyway.
[edit on 3-4-2009 by CuriousSkeptic]
Originally posted by Titen-Sxull
reply to post by skeptic1
Smoking may be terrible for the body but what business is it of the government what an individual ingests, inhales, etc unless in their altered state they infringe the rights of another? I'm not a smoker myself but I've watched as their rights to do as they wish have been infringed over the years, to ridiculous lengths in some places.
And now the Federal government is getting involved, used to be States had lots of rights, but everybody is begging Mother government for help these days (the founding fathers would be sickened). The voice of the people has truly been drown out, now only the lobbyists, special interests, and powers that be behind the scenes have true power...
Hopefully we'll wake up in time to fan the dying flames of liberty back into a roaring fire.
Originally posted by skeptic1
reply to post by jam321
That's what I wonder.
They make us pay all these taxes to support children's healthcare on the one hand, and the other hand is trying to regulate tobacco and tax it to the point where no one can afford it.
It makes no sense.
I mean if cigarettes are taxed to the point of being $20/pack, there is now a market for me to grow and sell my own tobacco. Would you start to see more cigarette related crime. People shooting and robbing to get money to buy smokes. I wonder what the breaking point is for smokers, as to when they will start breaking the law in order to get the fix.
Originally posted by toochaos4u
Let this take the place of smoking taxes when everyone quits. Mark my word that when this universal healthcare comes in (and it will). People will be penalized for anything that makes your health worse. Whom is going to argue with not overburdening the health system for your bad habits? Then it goes to the kids again with fat kids being a pointer.
I can give you a clue in this...My mom's health insurance company requires that she have a gym membership. Guess what also...her plan covers slightly less because she is a chubby woman.