State busts nearly 9,000 who dodged c...

State busts nearly 9,000 who dodged cigarette tax

There are 25 comments on the Detroit Free Press story from Feb 28, 2006, titled State busts nearly 9,000 who dodged cigarette tax. In it, Detroit Free Press reports that:

LANSING -- Nearly 9,000 people who bought on the Internet to avoid the state's $2-a-pack cigarette tax have been snared in the first year of a state crackdown and forced to pay about $5.9 million in taxes.

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J STERN

AOL

#1 Mar 5, 2006
I THINK THIS TAXATION OF CIGARETTES OVER THE COMPUTER IS RIDICULOUS. THEY ARE BANNING CIGARETTE SMOKING IN ALL PUBLIC PLACES, WHICH IS DECREASING CIGARETTE SALES. SO TO MAKE UP FOR THEIR LOSS OF REVENUE, THEY ARE ATTACKING SMOKERS WHO BUY CIGARETTES IN AN ALTERNATIVE METHOD.I THOUGHT WE LIVED IN A STATE OF FREEDOM, BUT MORE AND MORE THEY ARE TAKING OUR FREEDOMS AWAY. NOW EVEN DOWN TO THE FREEDOM TO BUY OUR CIGARETTES WHERE WE CHOOSE. COME ON PEOPLE, WAKE UP!! WE ARE NOT LIVING IN A COMMUNIST COUNTRY AND IT IS TIME THE STATES REALIZE IT.
just candid

AOL

#5 Jun 1, 2008
This bust they are talking about was back in 2006, anyone know how much more tax MI has been able to collect from tax cheating cigarette smokers ?
Free America

Memphis, TN

#6 Jun 1, 2008
As Free America...I applaud the state. Addicts will do whatever it takes to get a fix as cheap as possible. Most drunks don't even have enough money to be drunks.
Drug addicts steal from others to get their fixes.
Smokers are now stealing from the government and the good causes the taxes go to...in the name of a cheap fix.

I know one here who has them delivered to his shack.
just candid

AOL

#7 Jun 1, 2008
I've never seen or heard of a new cigarette/tobacco tax I didn't like.
Free America

Rhinelander, WI

#8 Jun 1, 2008
Free America wrote:
As Free America...I applaud the state. Addicts will do whatever it takes to get a fix as cheap as possible. Most drunks don't even have enough money to be drunks.
Drug addicts steal from others to get their fixes.
Smokers are now stealing from the government and the good causes the taxes go to...in the name of a cheap fix.
I know one here who has them delivered to his shack.
You show yourself to be the fascist that you really are you know nothing about Free America ... Have you ever heard of taxation without representation?????? Of course not because in your fascist little world no one is represented the state controls everything. Go back to one of your socialist states where you belong and leave us freedom loving people alone.

“Fredneck County Md”

Since: Feb 08

Small Town

#9 Jun 1, 2008
Free America wrote:
<quoted text>You show yourself to be the fascist that you really are you know nothing about Free America ... Have you ever heard of taxation without representation?????? Of course not because in your fascist little world no one is represented the state controls everything. Go back to one of your socialist states where you belong and leave us freedom loving people alone.
All y'all need to do is copy anyone of his posts and the link and send it off to the moderators explaining that he is trolling again. They should rather quickly kick him off the forum as they have in the past.
Free America

Memphis, TN

#10 Jun 1, 2008
Happy Contented Soul wrote:
<quoted text>All y'all need to do is copy anyone of his posts and the link and send it off to the moderators explaining that he is trolling again. They should rather quickly kick him off the forum as they have in the past.
I am just expressing myself just like you, but much better. Look at your posts...you are a loser.
Don't bother me again.
Free America

Memphis, TN

#11 Jun 1, 2008
Happy Contented Soul wrote:
<quoted text>All y'all need to do is copy anyone of his posts and the link and send it off to the moderators explaining that he is trolling again. They should rather quickly kick him off the forum as they have in the past.
Thanks for the idea...me..$$$ keeps the world going around..and does pretty good in ending public smoking.

“Fredneck County Md”

Since: Feb 08

Small Town

#12 Jun 1, 2008
Free America wrote:
<quoted text>
I am just expressing myself just like you, but much better. Look at your posts...you are a loser.
Don't bother me again.
You have nothing to express troll and youou are mentally and physically incapable of doing anything better than anyone. Go play with yourself in traffic... [email protected]
just candid

AOL

#13 Jun 2, 2008
Free America wrote:
As Free America...I applaud the state. Addicts will do whatever it takes to get a fix as cheap as possible. Most drunks don't even have enough money to be drunks.
Drug addicts steal from others to get their fixes.
Smokers are now stealing from the government and the good causes the taxes go to...in the name of a cheap fix.
I know one here who has them delivered to his shack.
It won't
take long at 4-6 bucks a pack and most smokers will be lucky to have a shack to live in,lol.

“Fredneck County Md”

Since: Feb 08

Small Town

#14 Jun 2, 2008
just candid wrote:
<quoted text> It won't
take long at 4-6 bucks a pack and most smokers will be lucky to have a shack to live in,lol.
$1.65 in Virginia... LOL!
Indiana

United States

#15 Jun 25, 2008
When I smoked, I got mine in Indiana. They took coopins, too.$2.30 pk. While I was there, I figured, "Hey, might as well pick up some booze for the trip home". LMAO!
HARLEYRIDER1978

Scottsville, KY

#16 Jun 25, 2008
nothing to worry the underground bootlegging operations are in full swing..........i guarantee it..........the prices up north will ensure it.look at canada they have the biggest bootlegging going on in the world right now,ireland is second and britain next........liberals are such idiots to think they can pass a law and people are gonna obey it.
Unjust laws were meant to be broken and thats just what people are doing.........regular trustworthy law abiding citizens forced into having to do what their great grand-parents did in the 1920s..........libs will never learn....and after this great socialist experiment fails just like the last time it was tried the libs will become a party of very few followers..........
HARLEYRIDER1978

Scottsville, KY

#17 Jun 25, 2008
Free America wrote:
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Thanks for the idea...me..$$$ keeps the world going around..and does pretty good in ending public smoking.
you idiot smoking is up 20% wroldwide since this stupid smoking prohibition started..........its not going away its going underground and with it tax reciepts.your the one stuck holding the bag on taxes........
Been There

United States

#18 Jun 25, 2008
Are those 9,000 people the ones they bragged about quitting smoking because of the higher tax? Think of all the ones they missed - that bought in another state using cash.
Real Free America

Lewisburg, TN

#19 Jun 25, 2008
HARLEYRIDER1978 wrote:
<quoted text>you idiot smoking is up 20% wroldwide since this stupid smoking prohibition started..........its not going away its going underground and with it tax reciepts.your the one stuck holding the bag on taxes........
You are so full of crap. And this point on, you address me as Sir. Got that loser?

In the real world you work for a guy just like me. You probably don't like him either.

Smoking went up..with gas and everything else...people are dropping what little they have left in $5 a pack smokes?

How stupid can you get??? real stupid I am guessing.
I own several harley's and you make bikers/riders look bad.
Suggestion...Just put a butt in your mouth and start sucking and don't bother me...people may think we are buds.

“Fredneck County Md”

Since: Feb 08

Small Town

#20 Jun 25, 2008
Real Free America wrote:
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You are so full of crap. And this point on, you address me as Sir. Got that loser?
In the real world you work for a guy just like me. You probably don't like him either.
Smoking went up..with gas and everything else...people are dropping what little they have left in $5 a pack smokes?
How stupid can you get??? real stupid I am guessing.
I own several harley's and you make bikers/riders look bad.
Suggestion...Just put a butt in your mouth and start sucking and don't bother me...people may think we are buds.
FU UU ms2bu

Since: Oct 07

AOL

#21 Jun 25, 2008
just candid wrote:
<quoted text> It won't
take long at 4-6 bucks a pack and most smokers will be lucky to have a shack to live in,lol.
I think you under estimate us ____:o)
get it

Smyrna, TN

#22 Jun 25, 2008
Real Free America wrote:
<quoted text>
You are so full of crap. And this point on, you address me as Sir. Got that loser?
In the real world you work for a guy just like me. You probably don't like him either.
Smoking went up..with gas and everything else...people are dropping what little they have left in $5 a pack smokes?
How stupid can you get??? real stupid I am guessing.
I own several harley's and you make bikers/riders look bad.
Suggestion...Just put a butt in your mouth and start sucking and don't bother me...people may think we are buds.
Don't worry about this turdbucket. With his attitude, riding a bike is not very safe. In all likelihood, he will challenge an overloaded semi whose diver is having a nicotine fit because he cannot smoke for the right of way. Any bets as to the outcome?
get it

Smyrna, TN

#23 Jun 25, 2008
HARLEYRIDER1978's ride:
https://www.happyscooters.com/files/prodimage...
No wonder he can still afford smokes.

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