Tobacco taxes are probably the only taxes that directly benefit the person being
There is no problem arguing for higher tobacco taxes, it's a simple fix
that really works. The problem is arguing for higher tobacco taxes from a
conservative stand point. The idea is primarily a liberal concept, heck it has
all the things liberals love, we get to use "big government" to
"socially engineer" behavior, and the "nanny state" gets to
"raise taxes". I look forward to more left leaning
articles editorials from the DNews in the future!
Now on to solving the next big health epidemic, obesity, time to start targeting
tax policy at the fast food and high calorie beverage industry.
As obesity seems to be rising as smoking declines, we have to wonder, how many
traded their smokes for big gulps?
This is the one tax increase I wholeheartedly support. Excellent article by Mr.
Reynolds. As a conservative, I think increasing our tobacco tax dramatically
makes excellent sense in all areas and I have had trouble understanding why many
conservatives continuously do try to oppose tobacco tax increases. One possible
reason is that Kentucky, North Carolina, and regional states are big tobacco
states and also happen to lean Republican and conservatives want to support a
big industry in those states (buy votes). This is an area where conservatives
should put principle above politics. As stated in the article and above, there
are definite public health benefits and tax revenue benefits, but the biggest
benefit of all is to the many smokers who will quit with higher taxes and
improve their own health immensely.Another note on conservative
thought. We generally like less government, but in this case the government is
already involved heavily in health care (and unlikely to decrease). When this
is the case, it makes much more sense that those who utilize the services (more
health care through smoking-related illnesses) pay for that utilization with
taxes. Even as conservatives, some taxes do make sense.
Taxing cigarettes as a means of reducing consumption and offsetting health care
costs is a bit hypocritical. It might make a bit more sense if we had a single
payer health care system. But still, either the product is legal or it
isn't. It'll be interesting to see where this goes.
Don't tax tobacco, just let smokers be responsible for their own health
problems and expenses. It's not like we don't already know smoking is
detrimental to your health. Smokers all over will will say, "I know this is
bad for me, but I'm going to do it anyway." That's fine, just
don't come looking for sympathy when you're breathing through your
Taxing tobacco is a "sin tax". It is popular because many people think
that smokers should be punished for being stupid enough to smoke when evidence
clearly shows that smoking is harmful. Being "stupid" is
not the reason that taxes are levied.Government has no
constitutional mandate to provide health care for anyone - smoker or non-smoker.
Stating that the public somehow pays for the costs involved in smoking is only
admitting that government has overstepped its authority and involved itself in
"personal welfare".The costs of smoking are not something
that the government has to worry about and it is not something that any
non-smoker has to worry about. Those costs must be borne, in totality, by the
smoker.If you think that government has the right to tell you what
to do, then you will gladly accept government mandated menus, government
mandated exercise programs, government mandates daily schedules, government
mandated education, government mandated EVERYTHING.We are not
accountable to government. We are accountable to our Creator. Government did
not give us life. That gift came from God. No matter how we choose to live our
lives, government has no authority to establish "sin taxes".
It would be even better if the hypocrites would use the tax revenues for health
related issues like they were suppose to. It isn't about how many people
die. It is another way to judge others and make some money at the same time. In
Utah, it is even worse. Those of us that smoke know very well how little people
actually care about your health. They are to busy placing judgement on you. Yes,
smoking isn't good, but stop with the self ritcheousness. It is enough to
make anybody have an upset stomach