Government is messing with some of my rights again and I don’t like it. First off, I don’t want to quit smoking, and our teenage son doesn’t smoke. Iowa wants to raise the cigarette tax by $1 a pack. Claiming it would stop children from smoking and get older smokers to quit. In my case it would get me cruising accross a bridge to save $3.80 a carton. What it would do for local convient marts, is put them out of business. So that would mean less tax monies go into the state and city coffers in two ways. I’d be buying my smokes in Illinois and Iowa would be losing $13.60 in tax per carton. It would also mean no sales tax from closed gas station type convient stores.
They say it’s for the children. Do you know the number one cause of death for kids 2 to 14? It’s car crashes. And 21% of these kids killed in car crashes were killed by a drunk driver. In 2004 there was a fatal drunk driving accident every 31 minutes. To find out more about the facts go to the MADD website.
The government says smoking is the number one cause of death, and I believe it is. What they don’t tell us is it’s not the only car in the race. In 2,000 the leading cause of death was tobacco at 435,00 deaths. Number 2 was poor diet and physical inactivity at 400,000 deaths. Alcohol deaths were 85,000; and car crashes were 43,000 deaths. There are other figures for things like microbial agents, toxic agents, incidents involving firearms, sexual behaviors and drugs.
So here we go again; it’s for our health. Bull! It’s because the government is losing tax money because smoking is down, and since fewer people smoke they can work the non-smokers against use. I do not litter, I do not smoke in someone else’s house, and I always ask before I light up. If you don’t like my habit fine. Make it illegal, don’t tax me to death. Because if you tax smokers now, you will be next. I can already see an obesity tax, an alcohol tax, a trans-fat tax. You see where it could go. The state cannot make money on a tax people won’t pay. And Senator Kennedy has no business telling me my habit is killing others. I believe his habit has killed more people than mine. That’s my thoughts, you’re welcome to post yours. Post on anything, good, bad , complaint, compliment or praise.