Not to mention the two fatal flaws to the premise of taxing cigarettes (or soda, or fast-food, etc):<quoted text>
couldn't have said it better. Why single out smokers?
1) Reducing smoking actually increases overall health care costs due to increased longevity.
2) The gov't gets accustomed to the cash, which declines as smoking decreases, forcing them to tax something else to make up for lost revenue.
Surprised someone hasn't suggested new products that can be taxed yet, such as marijuana ;-) Face it, the key to increased tax revenues is an increased tax-base, not a decreased tax-base.