Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Blog #10 -- Tax the smokers?
One of the other possibilities that is going through the state legislature, right now, is to raise the cigarette tax from 17 cents a pack to 89 cents a pack -- a 424% tax hike. Missouri currently has the lowest tobacco tax in the country. Many non-smoking organizations around the country have given Missouri the grade of "F" for their tactics with tobacco. Organizations claim that Missouri is letting smokers continue to smoke, and they are not offering assistance in helping people quit this unhealthy habit. They have not put enough smoking bans in place around the state. They have not offered enough "stop smoking" campaigns. They do not offer assistance to those who want to quit.
What do you think? Is this a viable solution? Keep in mind that a cigarette tax will hit the middle and low class of Missouri the hardest.
Posted by Luke at 11:43 AM