Lobby calls for $1-a-pack tax hike

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Puffing on a Marlboro outside a coin-operated laundry, 19-year-old Dan Blanchard was quick to say how he feels about a plan to add a $1-a-pack tax on cigarettes bought in Vermont.

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Being a confirmed smoker I want to say: "Please, get off smokers back!!!" We pay our health insurance, we pay extremely high excise tax on cigarettes. I wonder how long smokers will be a cash-cow for our government! It seems like all this hubbub around smoking harm was exaggerated with the main purpose to get as high tax revenue from smokers as possible! I'm fed up of spending a fortune on cigarettes in this country. European cigarettes are not worse, but they are much more cheaper. A carton of Marlboro http://www.smokin4free.com costs me just $20,40 plus shipping.
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Time Mag states that Chantix is the number one cause of violence.

Some how I wonder how this anti-smoking issue came to light in the same time frame as Chantix (a dangerous toxic mind drug with history of death, suicide and violence and erratic behaviors)bcame to public market and influenced the state politicians to the actions of banning smoking in the state.

Was there Pharmacutical money placed in the back pocket of the politicians to introduce this legislation that would over rule the money received from the tax on cigarettes?

It seems to me that far more money is being spent on the medical care of those compromised on the mind drug called Chantix from the medical related side effects including the mental Health incarceration of those that have become addicted or suffered permanent biological brain change from the altered chemistry of the drug .

I further question the state expense from Chantix and the switching of those to other Pharmacutical mind drugs that become almost transparent and immediate from side effect(s) to the known health hazard of a smoker that takes more then 50 years for medical problems to be noticed.
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Pfizer 4Q profit beats views as revenue up 6 pct

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These Popular Drugs Can Make You Violent – Avoid Them

Some medications have been linked to an increased risk for violent, even homicidal behavior. A recent study identified 31 drugs that are disproportionately linked with violent behavior.
Time Magazine lists the top ten offenders:

1. Varenicline (Chantix): The number one violence-inducing drug on the list, this anti-smoking medication is 18 times more likely to be linked with violence when compared to other drugs
2. Fluoxetine (Prozac): This drug was the first well-known SSRI antidepressant
3. Paroxetine (Paxil): Another SSRI antidepressant, Paxil is also linked with severe withdrawal symptoms and a risk of birth defects
4. Amphetamines:(Various): Used to treat ADHD
5. Mefoquine (Lariam): A treatment for malaria which is often linked with reports of strange behavior
6. Atomoxetine (Strattera): An ADHD drug that affects the neurotransmitter noradrenaline
7. Triazolam (Halcion): This potentially addictive drug is used to treat insomnia
8. Fluvoxamine (Luvox): Another SSRI antidepressant
9. Venlafaxine (Effexor): An antidepressant also used to treat anxiety disorders
10. Desvenlafaxine (Pristiq): An antidepressant which affects both serotonin and noradrenaline

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  Time Magazine January 7, 2011

  PLoS One December 15, 2010; 5(12)

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Smokers trying to stop smoking become violent you say? NEWS FLASH - SOMEONE ALERT THE BANNER!!
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Just one more reason to go to New Hampshire!!!!!!
These politicians are insane.
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emma74 wrote:
Being a confirmed smoker I want to say: "Please, get off smokers back!!!" We pay our health insurance, we pay extremely high excise tax on cigarettes. I wonder how long smokers will be a cash-cow for our government! It seems like all this hubbub around smoking harm was exaggerated with the main purpose to get as high tax revenue from smokers as possible! I'm fed up of spending a fortune on cigarettes in this country. European cigarettes are not worse, but they are much more cheaper. A carton of Marlboro http://www.smokin4free.com costs me just $20,40 plus shipping.
I think you just answered your own question/point. The gov't can and will charge whatever they want- because they know you, the smoker is too weak to quit. They can charge $10 a pack and I'm sure most smokers will still pay for it.:)

Only an idiot would pay that much money to help kill themselves (and others around them). Do you really wonder why we (American's) laugh and take advantage of your condition?

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Guess I'll have to start bootlegging smokes into Vermont from the south... Marlboro Winston $42.50
Kools and Newport for the brothers and sistas $47.50..
And while we're at it, why do cigarette companies always charge more for brands popular with black folk?????

“Veritas Vincit. Pro Libertate”

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LOL wrote:
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I think you just answered your own question/point. The gov't can and will charge whatever they want- because they know you, the smoker is too weak to quit. They can charge $10 a pack and I'm sure most smokers will still pay for it.:)
Only an idiot would pay that much money to help kill themselves (and others around them). Do you really wonder why we (American's) laugh and take advantage of your condition?
Ah yes the socialist suckling at the government teat speaks. GET A JOB AND PAY YOUR FAIR SHARE!
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Free_America wrote:
<quoted text>Ah yes the socialist suckling at the government teat speaks. GET A JOB AND PAY YOUR FAIR SHARE!
Awww...the poor trailer trash doesn't like to be hit up by 'the man'.:) Guess what, MORON! Nobody cares! We'll keep increasing these taxes on you. We'll keep implementing the bans and there is not a DAMN thing you can do about it. Do you know why? Because it's you, the pathetic smoker who bends over and down for me.:) Don't forget that next time you're TOLD to take your smokes outside or when you go to pay for a pack of cigarettes that will ultimately KILL you.(My dog get's more respect than you!)

Just remember! I'm the one smiling and laughing while you hand over the money to your drug dealer (Even if they are charing you $10 a pack!). ;)
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<quoted text>Licking the FOOD STAMPS is all the work LOL can manasge.
Hey, "Justin Case" (I think your commercials are about as gay as you are!) ;)

By the way- if you didn't have a double dose of 'retarded', you'd know that you don't actually lick food stamps. I guess your mom must do the grocery shopping for you and all your baby-daddy's siblings in that trailer of yours. Enjoy your smokes. Can you buy your addiction with food stamps? I'm sure if you told the gov't that you would eat 1 cigarette out of the pack each day- they'd allow it (especially if it'll kill you faster!) ;)

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Awww...the poor trailer trash doesn't like to be hit up by 'the man'.:) Guess what, MORON! Nobody cares! We'll keep increasing these taxes on you. We'll keep implementing the bans and there is not a DAMN thing you can do about it. Do you know why? Because it's you, the pathetic smoker who bends over and down for me.:) Don't forget that next time you're TOLD to take your smokes outside or when you go to pay for a pack of cigarettes that will ultimately KILL you.(My dog get's more respect than you!)
Just remember! I'm the one smiling and laughing while you hand over the money to your drug dealer (Even if they are charing you $10 a pack!). ;)
I smoke inside and I will when I visit Ohio. As we all know bans like those pushing them are natural born failures. History has proven this time and time again. Those upper crust smokers bow to no one especially trailer trash like you. BTW quit licking your dog, he doesn't like it, grow your own bone.
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I don't smoke so I don't care how much they cost. However, it is the Government, that is imposing the tax. just like no smoking in your car with children, what's next? telling you that you have to worship in a synagogue when you are mormon. It will happen.
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Justin Case wrote:
<quoted text>Licking the FOOD STAMPS is all the work LOL can manasge.
By the way- if your drunk, welfare parents wouldn't have taken you out of school, you might learn to spell correctly. "Manasge" :) What's that??? "Licking food stamps???" LOL!!!!!!!! Your stupidity is hilarious.

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I don't smoke so I don't care how much they cost. However, it is the Government, that is imposing the tax. just like no smoking in your car with children, what's next? telling you that you have to worship in a synagogue when you are mormon. It will happen.
We are closer then you think!
http://peoplesrepubmadison.wordpress.com/2011...
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us citizen wrote:
I don't smoke so I don't care how much they cost. However, it is the Government, that is imposing the tax. just like no smoking in your car with children, what's next? telling you that you have to worship in a synagogue when you are mormon. It will happen.
Good point. People think things like could not happen here but the way things are going there is the possibility. As to the Cigarette tax going up. Well it will cause some to stop smoking-BUT it will also have people going other places to obtain their smokes and sets the stage for a huge profitable black-market. ottom line our legislators have not thought this all the way through. Ok so what else is new???
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<quoted text>I smoke inside and I will when I visit Ohio. As we all know bans like those pushing them are natural born failures. History has proven this time and time again. Those upper crust smokers bow to no one especially trailer trash like you. BTW quit licking your dog, he doesn't like it, grow your own bone.
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Good! I encourage you to smoke at a place that will actually allow you.(Good luck finding a hole in the wall!) And guess what!! If there just happens to be one person there that doesn't like what you're doing- all he/she would have to do is call 1-866-559-OHIO (6446) and that place will be on a VERY short list and will be fined $1,000 and then sued by that county for $30-$40,000!!!:) Do you think that's why there aren't that many places that are willing to allow your habit??:) Please! Come to Ohio!! See if you can even find ONE place that will accept your pathetic addiction.

Now, for your little 'trailer trash' comment- I find it funny you would suggest me being one. I don't smoke.:) Isn't that the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the word "Smoker"?:) Aren't most people who live in trailers- smokers??? Aren't most liberals who live on welfare- Smokers? Aren't most criminals- smokers? Yes! You fit in well with those people. Hell! You already claimed that you'll break the law if you have the stones when you come to Ohio.(My guess is, you're just nothing but talk!) LOL!

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Hey, "Justin Case" (I think your commercials are about as gay as you are!) ;)
By the way- if you didn't have a double dose of 'retarded', you'd know that you don't actually lick food stamps. I guess your mom must do the grocery shopping for you and all your baby-daddy's siblings in that trailer of yours. Enjoy your smokes. Can you buy your addiction with food stamps? I'm sure if you told the gov't that you would eat 1 cigarette out of the pack each day- they'd allow it (especially if it'll kill you faster!) ;)
The one who spends 3/4th of his life on his knees talks about other people being gay? If we want any lip from you we will rattle our zipper!

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LOL wrote:
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Good! I encourage you to smoke at a place that will actually allow you.(Good luck finding a hole in the wall!) And guess what!! If there just happens to be one person there that doesn't like what you're doing- all he/she would have to do is call 1-866-559-OHIO (6446) and that place will be on a VERY short list and will be fined $1,000 and then sued by that county for $30-$40,000!!!:) Do you think that's why there aren't that many places that are willing to allow your habit??:) Please! Come to Ohio!! See if you can even find ONE place that will accept your pathetic addiction.
Now, for your little 'trailer trash' comment- I find it funny you would suggest me being one. I don't smoke.:) Isn't that the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the word "Smoker"?:) Aren't most people who live in trailers- smokers??? Aren't most liberals who live on welfare- Smokers? Aren't most criminals- smokers? Yes! You fit in well with those people. Hell! You already claimed that you'll break the law if you have the stones when you come to Ohio.(My guess is, you're just nothing but talk!) LOL!
The bans are starting to crumble. Your state is being sued by the Libertarians, Wisconsin has a new Governor who will sign the repeal,Minnesota is working on exemptions, like I said you are all failures just like your silly little ban!
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The one who spends 3/4th of his life on his knees talks about other people being gay? If we want any lip from you we will rattle our zipper!
Sorry, I'm not gay. It's nice to see you're proud and out of the closet though.
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<quoted text>The bans are starting to crumble. Your state is being sued by the Libertarians, Wisconsin has a new Governor who will sign the repeal,Minnesota is working on exemptions, like I said you are all failures just like your silly little ban!
:) Keep telling yourself that (loser). The Ohio ban has been strong for over 4 years now. Michigan just enacted their statewide ban and I hear KY is next in line. I'm sure the MPLS governor is 'working on exemptions'. Just like I'm sure they're working on solving world hunger! LOL. You liberals will believe anything!!!! Hahhaha!!!(And you wonder why you're treated like the CHIT you are- you earn every bit of it!) Now run along now and cry about how 'unfair the world is to you' and how you think this is some type of 'socialist conspiracy’ against your kind!

You're just mad b/c I called you out for being a fraud. ;) I know you can't come to Ohio and light up. Nobody would put up with it. They'll throw you out like you were the plague (Not too far from the truth? Is it! LOL!) I've been to THOUSANDS of bars/restaurants here in Ohio- and not ONCE have I seen even an incident where some pathetic person tried to light up. They get herded out into the cold (where they belong), away from the decent people in society.:)

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