Increasing cigarette prices may be best way to decrease smoking

Feb 16, 2013 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Martinsburg Journal

Currently, Perez spends between $4.98 and $5.38 on cigarettes, and she would be willing to pay up to $6 a pack before calling it quits.

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For sure. Make them super expensive. If it doesn't curtail smoking it at least makes puffers suffer.

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Low income smokers will suffer, wealthy smokers will be a little irritated.
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High cigarettes taxes are not punitive; they save lives. Tobacco use, cigarette smoking in particular, continues to take a tremendous toll on West Virginia. More than 3800 West Virginians will die this year of smoking-related diseases, and nearly $1 billion will be spent treating smoking caused illnesses, and another $1 Billion will be spent by businesses on additional occupational costs to smoking.

Our leaders need to do more. We need to focus our resources to bring down smoking rates among West Virginias' most vulnerable. the State's tobacco taxes and prices are very low compared to the rest of the country. and we spend just a fraction of which could fund a more robust program to help any smoker, tobacco user who wants to quit and make sure young people and other non-smokers don't ever start.

This fiscal year, WV will spend only 25 percent of the amount recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. By increasing overall funding for tobacco prevention and cessation programs, which are to be cut in the Administration's proposed 2014 Budget, we can provide more targeted assistance to help low-income smokers quit.

It is unethical that the poorest West Virginia residents are paying cigarette, other tobacco product taxes and not getting the most effective help possible to resist tobacco addiction or quit if they've already started. The State needs to implement policies to reduce the tobacco industry's ability to target low-income populations.

It is unacceptable for our most vulnerable to be lured into a lifetime of tobacco addiction by the racketeering, lying tobacco industry. Every West Virginian, no matter their income, deserves the support and resources to quit.

The work of the State Health Department, nor the many who work tirelessly on prevention and cessation efforts is not done. They cannot rest because the tobacco industry and thier lobbyists will not rest!
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I hope they find something the self righteous anti smoking asshats like and tax the hell out of it!
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Sheik Yerbouti wrote:
I hope they find something the self righteous anti smoking asshats like and tax the hell out of it!
They have, its call gasoline.
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Sheik Yerbouti wrote:
I hope they find something the self righteous anti smoking asshats like and tax the hell out of it!
They did find something the self righteous anti-smoking asshats liked. But instead of taxing Child Pornography, they made it illegal.

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Yes! It could absolutely help decrease smoking since others can no longer afford to buy a box of cigarette. I think if it will be increased every month or every year, there will be only a few that can afford to buy who will remain smoking.
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... And the best way to INCREASE the Black Market.

But hey, look at the bright side... the Black Market manufactured cigarettes will be not be bound to any bunk/decietful regulations that the smokes MUST be FSC... So, it's a 'win-win' for people who would like to enjoy tobacco. Go ahead and raise the prices, anti-smoker idiots.
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... And the best way to INCREASE the Black Market.
But hey, look at the bright side... the Black Market manufactured cigarettes will be not be bound to any bunk/decietful regulations that the smokes MUST be FSC... So, it's a 'win-win' for people who would like to enjoy tobacco. Go ahead and raise the prices, anti-smoker idiots.
hahaha look at ole smoky go all cloak and dagger with the whole "black market" tobacco stuff. hahahahahahah

You know what you get when you raise the price of cigarettes....a smoker with less money in his pocket.

These addicts will get their smokes no matter what it takes...its a habit and an addiction...and these obsessed fools are no different then crack addicts....including (as this bozo mentions) breaking the law to obtain them!

Nice work you addict! hahaha
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http://youtube.com/watch... Get a Grip on Reality quit smoking
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TruthBeTold wrote:
<quoted text>hahaha look at ole smoky go all cloak and dagger with the whole "black market" tobacco stuff. hahahahahahah
You know what you get when you raise the price of cigarettes....a smoker with less money in his pocket.
These addicts will get their smokes no matter what it takes...its a habit and an addiction...and these obsessed fools are no different then crack addicts....including (as this bozo mentions) breaking the law to obtain them!
Nice work you addict! hahaha
So, basically you are admitting that raising tobacco taxes increases crime. Tell us, can you name any product that has been taxed to death that hasn't caused a black market? What would happen if lets say...you self righteous moral busybodies placed a ridiculously huge tax on salt? The black market would step in and take care of the salt addicts...no?
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i love frank sinatra wrote:
... And the best way to INCREASE the Black Market.
But hey, look at the bright side... the Black Market manufactured cigarettes will be not be bound to any bunk/decietful regulations that the smokes MUST be FSC... So, it's a 'win-win' for people who would like to enjoy tobacco. Go ahead and raise the prices, anti-smoker idiots.
They would be full of FILLER, stuff like corn husk and cow dung. You guys stink enough already, but the market for gas masks will increase.
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<quoted text> Stanky peders.
Take your meds and STFU.

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Yes! It could absolutely help decrease smoking since others can no longer afford to buy a box of cigarette. I think if it will be increased every month or every year, there will be only a few that can afford to buy who will remain smoking.
Now we're talking. Right after we get done with smokers, we can start on fat people. A $2 tax on every burger,$5 for a pizza. After that,$15 on every bottle wine (drunk drivers kill).
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Now we're talking. Right after we get done with smokers, we can start on fat people. A $2 tax on every burger,$5 for a pizza. After that,$15 on every bottle wine (drunk drivers kill).
What about fat stanky smokers like pharma CEO who like man honey? Should we keep him in prison where he pays no taxes and doesn't go round exposing himself to children?
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So, basically you are admitting that raising tobacco taxes increases crime. Tell us, can you name any product that has been taxed to death that hasn't caused a black market? What would happen if lets say...you self righteous moral busybodies placed a ridiculously huge tax on salt? The black market would step in and take care of the salt addicts...no?
Hmmmm its funny you think smoking bans and higher taxes have anything to do with morality! Its quite laughable that you are either so simple, or how you simplify the real issue.

Smoking in and around the public and/or children has nothing to do with "morality"...it has a lot to do with common sense and civility, as well as decency and common courtesy.

In your mind, you think "if it feels good do it", which in and of itself is not an issue, but your premise is to be able to indulge in activities any time any place, without regard for anyone but yourself.
The problem with this thinking is, when performing an activity that not only affects the user, then considerations for those others must exist. Its called being a civilized society...we no longer live in the days of the prairie or a time where we selfishly can just do whatever we want, whenever we want.

Speaking of yesteryear...in the old days, people were respectful of each other, if someone did something that others did not like, fellow citizens could casually express their issue with it, and the offending party would gladly and apologetically stop...now, if the average person says something to an offender they risk the offender throwing a temper tantrum, acting a fool, or worse getting into a physical confrontation...this is why the laws have been so rapidly changed.

Smokers have hurt themselves in their cause to keep smoking around, by acting so defiant, so confrontational, and so uncivil.
The more unstable the old school hard-core smokers become, the less support they get, the greater the restrictions will be, including higher taxes.

Basically put...smokers advocates like freedumb have screwed over smokers. When people like this loudly and rudely vocalize in favor of smoking while offending non-smokers, it does nothing but hurt their own argument.

Bottom line...the more freedumb talks, the worse smokers will be for it!
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When I was living in Europe in the 60's cigarettes were about $1.50 and they were about 26 cents in the US. I swore that if the prices got htat high in the US I would quit. After 40 years I finally succeeded! People that are addicted will smoke no matter what the price of tobacco is!
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Sheik Yerbouti wrote:
When I was living in Europe in the 60's cigarettes were about $1.50 and they were about 26 cents in the US. I swore that if the prices got htat high in the US I would quit. After 40 years I finally succeeded! People that are addicted will smoke no matter what the price of tobacco is!
Thats why early death is preferable.

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So smoking should only for the rich? It is not the answer! I quit smoking not because I can't afford it anymore. I quit because it has affected my health and performance. Luckily when I eventually had to see a doctor, the result was negative of any lung disease though I'm still dealing with nicotine withdrawal. I believe awareness and self realization of the negative effects of smoking are keys to quitting.

Metaphorically, being aware that fire will burn or hurt you will prevent you from playing with it. Fire has to burn or hurt you before you stay away if you're stubborn.
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Smoking is an obvious danger to users, but can we really depend on raising prices in order to affect free will? More laws are passed each year in order to lessen and eventually stop the dangers of secondhand smoke. Smoking is a choice and if they are not harming others, smokers should be able to smoke at their leisure with reasonable and affordable ways to obtain the product. As RustyS said above, drunk driving harms others too. Are we expected to increase alcohol prices to keep people from drinking?

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