Originally posted by boncho
It's been that way for years for Canadians... Not sure if it makes anyone smoke less though.
i can answer that one, NOPE
. oh sure it makes people WANT to smoke less, but you are addicted, so cutting down is hard.
i WILL mention a nasty side effect
of such high cigarette prices tho. something that should make those who see high prices of smokes as a
thing health wise/paying for health care. when prices are HIGH it is WORSE both for your health and the health care system. there are a
few reasons for this. first off if you roll your own sometimes you end up smoking MORE
of the nasty stuff. this is because of the amount of
tobacco you use. sometimes you use more sometimes you use less (gets better with practice for getting at least constant). now i tried something awhile
back. i took a fresh pack of smokes, broke them up one at a time made the tobacco loose, and re-rolled them. i did this after rolling for awhile, i
was astounded, they were rather "loosely" packed, in comparison to both the ones i rolled and pre-rolled ones. this means i was smoking MORE tobacco
by rolling them myself. but it IS far CHEAPER, and so many people WILL still do it. so it could be said "home rolled" cigarettes are WORSE for your
next in some areas people go to "native reserves" to get CHEAP
smokes, (can even get them "under the counter" in some stores). now these
smokes ARE NOT REGULATED. you can even get different grades
of cigarettes. some are cheaper than others. now the difference is almost night and
day. the more expensive ones are "harsher" than "real" store smokes. the "cheap" ones are REALLY harsh. now i smoked the more expensive ones
for several months. i found myself coughing a lot and "flemming up" pretty bad, so i stopped and went back to "real" cigarettes, after awhile it
went away. i found the same thing with home rolled ones but not near as bad. that rather makes me think all on it's own that "real" smokes are
for you tho they kill you in the pocket book instead.
then there is a co-worker i was friends with. her husband put her into massive debt and she ended up getting her wages (low wage retail job to begin
with) garnished. so she started smoking the "really cheap" Indian smokes, as she was pretty broke. i had already been through my "Indian smoke"
issues. i noticed that she really started hacking after a bit. i begged her to stop smoking them since i knew my experiences with the "better" ones.
sadly she could barely afford those ones so there was no chance. several months later she ended up with COPD. within about a year she was DEAD. she
should have quit you say? well they had a hard time getting her off of them when she could barely breath, it's called ADDICTION, and it's a VERY
HARD one to beat. personally i BLAME her DEATH on the government and their "raising prices to get people to quit".
she was fine until
SHE WAS FORCED FINANCIALLY to smoke even worse cigarettes due to the price difference. it was scary how fast it happened.
still think artificially (taxed to hell) HIGH PRICED smokes are a good thing? that they are better for the health care system? even IF that money all
actually went to the health care system i think that the cost of those smoking cheap smokes because they are poor or even just stingy would be more in
the end then brought in.
no what high priced smokes does is to put the poor
at greater risk as they try to find cheap smokes. cuts into things like healthy/enough food.
guess what? addicts will buy SMOKES FIRST then worry about other things, that's part of addiction. increase crime as broke people will do almost
ANYTHING to get their DRUG
, as well as CAUSING criminal enterprises, that will sell cheap/fraudulent smokes. the only POSITIVE thing is it will
give the GOVERNMENT MORE MONEY to spend on what they throw money at all the time, on the backs of people who are addicted to a drug.
don't have "native reserves" to get "cheap" smokes at? don't worry i'm sure that some enterprising criminal will start making some and probably
passing them off as real smokes
. nothing like the government making CRIME able to easily take place. just like prohibition and the "war on
drugs", things that just make the criminal element cash.