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nah id say youd be sh!tting on yourself if you smoke anyway, so whats 30 cents more for a pack of cancer sticks?
Quote from: zaceman on July 06, 2006, 12:24:43 PMnah id say youd be sh!tting on yourself if you smoke anyway, so whats 30 cents more for a pack of cancer sticks?That does nothing to address my point. (BTW...Smokers are human beings, too. And if you want to pretend that smokers are the only people who make bad or destructive decisions in life, then go right ahead.)What makes a tax against smokers only, which is then channeled into one specific project or program, fair?
I don't think sin taxes are supposed to be fair, are they?
I think these taxes on cigarettes are some kind of evil. It is a shame the government is exploiting addicted smokers.
It may seem unfair to burden smokers with a levy that has little relationship to the actual "sin", but isn't it equally unfair that I, as a smoker, can adversely impact the health of those around me, not to mention drive up healthcare insurance coverage for my employer, reducing their profit margin and thus their ability to reinvest in further development, job creation, tax revenue, etc.?
Since smoking is not only harmful to smokers themselves but to everyone who breathes their exhaust fumes, I'd say it's reasonable to ask them to contribute to the public good as a counterbalance.
Thanks for the welcome. I really do believe that voluntary donations would increase alot if some of our "unfair" taxes were reviewed and turned into donations instead.
"Additionally, why would you consider the taxes to be unfair if they are approved by a majority of voters?"I know it's not quite the same thing, but I can personally think of an ISSUE - ONE that isn't fair even though it was approved by a majority of voters
I wonder if the County even looked at other sources of funding the arts before deciding to sock it to smokers again. How do other cities fund their arts institutions?
The future revenue stream from this tax just isn't very dependable.