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Originally posted by raj9721
270 million smokers in the U.S. (1998)
Originally posted by leisuredrummer
It is the equivalent of the government taxing the heck out of food and then taking out a good amount of nutritional properties, therefor making a person increase their consumption.
Originally posted by Walkswithfish
Taxing a highly addictive drug is a great way to collect revenues for both state and federal government.
If you can regulate the nicotine levels in the products you have the ability to make it even more addictive.
They really do not want people to quit smoking, in fact they could become increasingly dependant on the revenues generated from tobacco sales.
Some day you could actually see news of federal agents and SWAT teams surrounding homes, raiding them, making arrests, and even killing people for growing their own tobacco, making cigarettes etc and sharing them with others.
If you've seen how they deal with illicit drugs, which they make NO revenue from, imagine what they will do with people who produce a legal but federally regulated and taxed product at home!
Tobacco, the new drug war!
Civilians verses the states and federal governments.
[edit on 12-7-2009 by Walkswithfish]
Originally posted by _damon
It is like the others "smoking threads", that say smoking isnt dangerous. I don't understand these people claiming there is a conspiracy behind the anti smoking campaigns. Of course the people that make these threads are smokers lol what a joke. It is only coz u fear that one day u wont be able to smoke anymore so u think it is a conspiracy? That is ridiculous. Im open minded proove me that smoking doesnt damage nor the lungs neither the body? You created this topic only because of your selfishness, you only want to smoke forever because you are addicted.