To bring you up to speed... I've been following this "roll your own" cigarette issue because I'm a smoker and it affects me and my wallet. I'm
saving at least $20 a carton rolling them myself, and if I smoked a premium brand that number goes up to almost $40 a carton I'm saving. Thats quite
a bit of money thats going towards other needed things that aren't taxed to the gills.
Now the rant.... When I was growing up (already a smoker) and they kept raising taxes, and they had this huge ANTI SMOKING campaign going, and they
insisted they were raising taxes on cigarettes to deter smokers. And it worked somewhat now didn't it?
From 1965 to 2006, rates of smoking in the United States declined from 42% to 20.8%
Now they're complaining because the people who have not quit smoking, found a cheaper way to smoke. Their argument is that "its money that
could've been paid in taxes".
Personally, I freakin knew it. I knew it all along. Back in the late 80's I was saying to everyone, "they're getting used to these taxes, what
are they going to do when everyone quits? thats income lost..."
This article "Bill Would Eliminate Tax
claims that they're losing between 2 and 10 million in taxes....
So which is it? They want our money or they want us to be healthy? freakin pick one (rhetoric, forehead-slap)
This article "How much did the gov
spend last year"
shows varying numbers (with explanation to why they're different numbers), and all of them are in excess of 3 trillion US$.
Seriously? and our measly $2M and/or $10M (lets make it easy and say $12M) is making a big difference?
WE KNOW THE RISKS
WE KNOW ITS A BAD HABIT
WE'RE SMOKING ANYWAY
Luckily, most of our kids are not.
Just leave us alone. FFS
Links just in case
Wiki Tobacco Smoking
2-24-12 Chicago CBS Local: Bill Would
Eliminated Tax Loophole
2-25-12 WTAQ News, WI: Injunction Ordered in
Cigarette Rolling Machine Lawsuit
2-23-12 Peoria Star: Senate Holds off on bill to
license rolling machines
2-24-12 Indiana News Center: Roll your own
- This one is mostly
to explain what it is - briefly from the article
“Roll Your Own” is the subject of controversy in both Illinois and West Virginia right now. Some have argued that Roll Your Own allows shop
owners and customers to avoid a tax that is otherwise placed on more common packs of cigarettes. Two local operators say there is no tax avoidance.
They say the tobacco, because it is labeled as pipe tobacco, falls under a different taxable rate.