Illinois cigarette prices: As they go up, lawmakers consider ye...

As a 62-cent federal tax hike on packs of cigarettes hits stores today, lawmakers in Springfield are considering an additional $1 tax over two years that would make Chicago among the most expensive cities in America to buy cigarettes. Full Story
Cadillac

Willowbrook, IL

#52 Apr 1, 2009
F that
Smokers arent jokers

Chicago, IL

#53 Apr 1, 2009
Alaz wrote:
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Show me where in the constitution it addresses peoples right to smoke?
If you are dumb enough to smoke knowing that it can kill you then stay at home and smoke yourself to death.
I have the right not to breath in your filthy smoke and if I should get lung cancer from second hand smoke can I sue you for damages?
Also, smokers think the streets are their garbage cans!!! I hate it when smokers throw their cigarettes out their windows. Smokers are pigs and they smell. There is nothing appealing about it.
Alaz, sorry but you're an idiot. The Constitution and Bill of Rights protects personal freedoms - and last I checked, cigarettes are still a legal product.
The fact is, no, smoking is not healthy (I say this as a former smoker). But neither is eating a Big Mac everyday, or drinking booze, etc, etc. It's a personal choice. And why continue to prey on one group vs. another? Someday this revenue is going to dry up, and they'll come after you and tax something you do. It's never ending with crooks in IL.
But if you want to sue me because of your right to not be subjected to second hand smoke, go ahead - but good luck proving it was ONLY 2nd hand smoke that caused your lung cancer and not pollution from cars, that tire factory you live next too, etc.
I do agree on the trash issue; but resorting to insults like "smokers smell" is so Jr. high. I mean, people's flatulence smells too - so if you rip one you're just as bad as a smoker. Take that.
just candid

AOL

#55 Apr 1, 2009
Most degenerates are the type of people who are cigarette smokers. Are you one?
Alex

Glen Ellyn, IL

#56 Apr 1, 2009
Smokers......the politician is saying, it's for your own good.

The people that don't smoke are going to be in for a shocker, because there will be a breaking point and the revenues will not be there. Guess who picks up the tab? This Health Care business is only going to get bigger because the politician will always steal more.
Missouri

Cape Girardeau, MO

#57 Apr 1, 2009
Obama lost my vote for good. I won't forget this!!
This cigarette tax they snuck past everybody has them very upset.
Taxing a certain product to pay for your out of line spending.
When you taget certain people you will lose their vote.
amanda

Lemont, IL

#58 Apr 1, 2009
maybe this has already been posted:
Quinn said the higher cost of cigarettes will stop youngsters from becoming smokers and cause some older smokers to quit. "Raising the price is actually a key way to do that," he said.

"youngsters" are going to find a way to smoke if they want to smoke. Just like they can find a way to obtain alcohol or drugs. There was always "that" kid in high school that was older and would buy you a pack or bum one to you. Doesn't matter if its $8 or $10..whatever. If they want them, they'll pay. I find it ridiculous.:sigh:
Freedom

Niles, MI

#59 Apr 1, 2009
just candid wrote:
Most degenerates are the type of people who are cigarette smokers. Are you one?
Do you really think your tactics of demonization are something new Candid? You clearly flunked history class as socialists such as yourself who spew hate are absolutely nothing new whatsover.

You have simply taken your lessons from the master anti-smoker himself.

http://www.adl.org/Braun/dim_14_1_nazi_med.as...

The Nazis' anti-tobacco rhetoric drew from an earlier generation's eugenics rhetoric and also reflected an ethic of bodily purity and zeal for work.3 Tobacco use was attacked as an "epidemic," a "plague," as "dry drunkenness," and as "lung masturbation"; tobacco and alcohol abuses were "diseases of civilization" and "relics of a liberal lifestyle."
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History knows your kind.
hunter

Chicago, IL

#60 Apr 1, 2009
im moving out of this god aweful city.

i just cant afford it anymore.

i just got my gas bill......jesus.....you should see all the little $4 dollars here $15 dollars here.
newtotown

Chicago, IL

#61 Apr 1, 2009
I say tax fat people.
Time Will Tell

Blue Island, IL

#62 Apr 1, 2009
We're with the government and we know what's best for you. Next we will be taxing KFC Mega Meals as they cause obesity.

“What type of f--kery is this??”

Since: Dec 07

South Shore/Chatham

#63 Apr 1, 2009
Here's the issue...

Don't smoke...but get to breath in all of the poisonous fumes that the state allow factories and companies to dump into the air...not to mention the fumes that come off of our cars...which BASICALLY haven't changed since the 1900 Model-T...

This is a bunch of b.s.
John

Chicago, IL

#64 Apr 1, 2009
I quit smoking almost a month ago in anticipation of these new taxes. I have been using Nicorette, and it seems to be working.(Also, if you are enrolled in an HSA or FSA at work, it will cover Nicorette, which is just awesome.)

To be honest, I really didn't want to quit smoking, and the anti-smoking lobby's holier than thou attitude infuriates me, but really, my goal of quitting smoking has been on my list of things to do for years now. I refuse to give the state or the feds any more money.

To all the smokers out there, I really do feel for you, but perhaps it is time to give the government the finger. The more people who quit smoking, the less tax revenue the government receives--even with the increase in the sin tax.

I also feel the government should provide FREE OF CHARGE smoking cessation classes--wasn't that the point of the states' tobacco settlements nearly ten years ago? Where is all that money now?
Patriot

Blue Island, IL

#65 Apr 1, 2009
It's time for a TEA PARTY.!

When will the patriots of this nation say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

Thomas Jefferson is my hero.
Alex

Glen Ellyn, IL

#66 Apr 1, 2009
John wrote:
I quit smoking almost a month ago in anticipation of these new taxes. I have been using Nicorette, and it seems to be working.(Also, if you are enrolled in an HSA or FSA at work, it will cover Nicorette, which is just awesome.)
To be honest, I really didn't want to quit smoking, and the anti-smoking lobby's holier than thou attitude infuriates me, but really, my goal of quitting smoking has been on my list of things to do for years now. I refuse to give the state or the feds any more money.
To all the smokers out there, I really do feel for you, but perhaps it is time to give the government the finger. The more people who quit smoking, the less tax revenue the government receives--even with the increase in the sin tax.
I also feel the government should provide FREE OF CHARGE smoking cessation classes--wasn't that the point of the states' tobacco settlements nearly ten years ago? Where is all that money now?
As I posted before......If the politician does not get enough money from the smokers, they will get it from the non-smokers. It really does not matter. Either way the politician gets his!

Smoke and enjoy it, but still give the government the finger.
SBB

Springfield, IL

#67 Apr 1, 2009
Danno wrote:
They are trying to take away your constitutional right to smoke by raising the taxes on cigarettes. Quitting smoking due to the increased taxes will just play into the hands of the American Lung Association and the American Cancer Society.
I would be sarcastic, but I would risk being unclear. Before you attack the work of important aid organizations, make sure you won't be begging their charity later when you get lung cancer.
THIS IS NOT ABOUT RIGHTS. IT'S ABOUT THE COSTS OF A HEALTH CARE SYSTEM OVERBURDENED by people who DECIDE to pursue an unhealthy lifestyle. McDonald's and alcohol should be taxed too; but think of the resources that would be saved if the cigarette industry was simply shut down. Tobacco ONLY harms - let's get our quick fixes somewhere else.
Alex

Glen Ellyn, IL

#68 Apr 1, 2009
SBB wrote:
<quoted text>
I would be sarcastic, but I would risk being unclear. Before you attack the work of important aid organizations, make sure you won't be begging their charity later when you get lung cancer.
THIS IS NOT ABOUT RIGHTS. IT'S ABOUT THE COSTS OF A HEALTH CARE SYSTEM OVERBURDENED by people who DECIDE to pursue an unhealthy lifestyle. McDonald's and alcohol should be taxed too; but think of the resources that would be saved if the cigarette industry was simply shut down. Tobacco ONLY harms - let's get our quick fixes somewhere else.
Why don't you go buy a brain!
Kelly

Glenview, IL

#69 Apr 1, 2009
This is unfair. Repeatedly taxing the same population. I get the sin tax. At least make it fair - start taxing junk food and alcohol then too!
youre outa here

AOL

#71 Apr 1, 2009
Alex wrote:
<quoted text>
Why don't you go buy a brain!
I understand that smokers brain can be had for a song. the best part is that they were never used.
Danno

United States

#72 Apr 1, 2009
The gas stations' association should advise the stations to raise the price of gas for everyone and keep the price of cigarettes low. That way they could defeat the wishes of the cancer society and the lung association and win this war. Victory! Free at last! Free at last!
Midgin 57 Bolingbrook

Northbrook, IL

#73 Apr 1, 2009
Yes, I am tired of the price hikes on cigarettes, but I am not ready to quit. As a US born and raised Citizen and registered voter I do WISH our lawmakers would be more concerned and concentrate on other issues today such as education, imigration, unemployment, bringing our soldiers home, solving the national debt, etc. Since I am a smoker and the laws have been passed and now my rights have been restricted, I will be more concentrated when casting votes during election time CONGRESS!

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