in my hometown legal smokes are $8-$11/per pack (depending on brand). now the price got almost that high back in the 90's and so smuggling cigarettes
was a major issue, so much so that prices were reduced in an effort to stem that illegal activity.
now we don't have so much illegal imports but people go to the Indian reserves to buy their quasi-legal smokes. sadly tho those Indian smokes are
EXTREMELY BAD in most cases (the cheaper you go the worse for they seem to be). i had smoked one of the mid range Indian smokes for awhile saving
about $6/pack. then i noticed i was starting to flem up pretty bad, so i went back to the legal brands, the flem problem subsided. meanwhile a
coworker could not afford to get the good brands as being a low wage earner and the only one in a family of 3 able to work so she was buying the
cheapest Indian smokes (they were worse than stale cigarette butts, and yes i DO know how bad those are). i watched as she started hacking and
constantly having issues breathing. within about 2 years of this she ended up with cpd, and needing oxygen. thus now she was unable to work, making
them dependent on WELFARE. sadly she died a little over a year later. I FULLY BLAME THE GOVERNMENT FOR THIS SENSELESS DEATH.
see the thing is a many have pointed out, smokers are seen as an awesome cash cow for the government. once you are hooked it is extremely difficult to
quit. this is easy to see as you find people out on the sidewalks in blizzards (due to anti-smoking laws). which of course just makes it easier to get
sick thus CAUSING more missing work due to illness as well as ADDING to HEALTHCARE COSTS. but they KNOW that they can raise the price and not worry
about too many people quitting so they can make yet more cash. see they know once they get us hooked we are theirs. i started because of advice from
multiple teachers in school to try to fit in with everybody else, just making sure of a future cash cow i guess. how i wish i paid less attention to
teachers sometimes. but hey they knew what was best didn't they? at least that was what they drummed into us.
high cigarette prices have nothing to do with making people quit. it is about making more money for the government's little pet projects. if you
honestly think that it is, what do you suppose would happen if by some miracle every smoker was ABLE to stop right now, and they all did stop?
pandemonium would ensue as all of a sudden a major portion of their cash would disappear. wonder what they would tax to take it's place? they would
after all have to replace that big chunk of income somehow.
as it is all the HARSH anti-smoking laws and extreme taxing of cigarettes does is;
-make the poor yet poorer, don't give me the bs about if you were that hard up financially you would quit. NO you would be picking up butts off the
ground taking the chance of getting sick or getting a disease. not to mention eating a lot of cheap non nutritional crap trying to make ends meet.
-adds yet even more to healthcare costs then they ever were.
-leads to a lack of productivity as workers catch colds, flue, pneumonia or even worse.
-adds to welfare costs
-adds to crime. as people start stealing smokes as they are worth their weight in gold. or stealing to support their habbit (hmm kinda like crime and