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    Enough of the puff: tax may cut smoking rates
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    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A big hike in the federal tax on cigarettes taking effect on April 1 may prompt 1 million U.S. smokers to quit, according to public health experts.

    Expansion of a popular public health insurance program for lower income children is being financed by an increase in the federal excise tax on a pack of cigarettes of about $1.01 per pack, up from the current 39 cents on a $4.35 pack.

    Smoking kills about 440,000 Americans annually and costs the nation $193 billion in medical expenses and lost productivity, said Dr. Terry Pechacek of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Office on Smoking and Health.

    "There is almost unanimous agreement across the scientific community and policymakers that raising the price of cigarettes in whatever fashion has a consistent effect on reducing smoking rates, increasing the quit rate among adult smokers and preventing the initiation of regular smoking by children and young adults," Pechacek said in a telephone interview.

    Danny McGoldrick, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids advocacy group's vice president for research, said the formula is simple: as prices rise, fewer people buy cigarettes.

    McGoldrick forecast the tax hike will persuade just over 1 million current smokers to quit and prevent 2 million children from starting. These changes will avert about 905,000 smoking-related deaths and save $44.5 billion in healthcare expenses over time, McGoldrick predicted.

    President Barack Obama signed the expansion of the State Children's Health Insurance Program on February 4. President George W. Bush had twice vetoed the bill, which also raises federal taxes on cigars and other tobacco products.

    The industry is unhappy. Higher prices will lead to at least a 10 percent decline in cigarette sales and could put 117,000 people out of work, said Thomas Briant, executive director of the National Association of Tobacco Outlets.

    Briant, whose group represents the operators of 2,500 retail stores, tobacco wholesalers, cigarette manufacturers and others, decried "the single largest tax increase on a product in the history of the United States."

    "There's going to be an immediate drop-off in sales because of that tax increase as of April 1," Briant said. "We expect the fall-out from that in terms of job losses to take about six to nine months from that date."

    Retail store clerks and cashiers, truck drivers who deliver cigarettes, warehouse workers, sales representatives and others may lose jobs, Briant said.

    U.S. smoking rates have been declining slowly for decades. The CDC's most recent data showed about 19.8 percent of U.S. adults -- 43.4 million people -- were smokers in 2007.

    Smoking rates vary by state -- from a high of 28 percent in Kentucky to a low of 12 percent in Utah. Rates are often higher where state tobacco taxes are lower. The average state tax is $1.32 per pack, ranging from a low of 7 cents in South Carolina to a high of $2.75 in New York state.

    State taxes have more than doubled in the past six years and more states and localities are banning smoking from public places like office buildings, restaurants and bars.

    Daniel Smith, president of the American Cancer Society's Cancer Action Network, said the next important step is for Congress to give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration power to regulate tobacco products. The FDA already oversees drugs, medical devices, most foods, cosmetics and animal drugs.

    A House of Representatives panel approved the long-stalled measure on March 4. It still needs passage by the full House and Senate. "This is the year to make it happen," Smith said.

    Enough of the puff: tax may cut smoking rates on Yahoo! Health





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    Countdown till someone say's this is against their right to smoke.

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    Quote Originally Posted by min0 lee View Post
    Countdown till someone say's this is against their right to smoke.
    I love that one!
    Just point to the Constitution and have them show you where it says they have the RIGHT to smoke.

    However, when they legalize marijuana and tax it...that will make up for the loss in cigarette sales...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Burner02 View Post
    I love that one!
    Just point to the Constitution and have them show you where it says they have the RIGHT to smoke.

    However, when they legalize marijuana and tax it...that will make up for the loss in cigarette sales...
    You don't understand the basic premise of the Constitution. The Constitution says only what the government can do, not what rights people have.

    One of the founding fathers (I forgot which) opposed writing the Bill of Rights because he said people would think that they only had those rights that were listed therein.

    Also, see the 10th amendment.

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    Taxation Without Representation! The Boston Fag Party is in the Works (thats fag like a cigarette not like limp wristed sodomizers)
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    Quote Originally Posted by brogers View Post
    You don't understand the basic premise of the Constitution. The Constitution says only what the government can do, not what rights people have.

    One of the founding fathers (I forgot which) opposed writing the Bill of Rights because he said people would think that they only had those rights that were listed therein.

    Also, see the 10th amendment.
    oopsie! Meant the Bill of Rights...DOH!
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    Ridiculous

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    Quote Originally Posted by busyLivin View Post
    Ridiculous
    Why?
    I know of one person who is using the patch to quit smoking.
    All because they raised the prices.

    I'm mean really, if this were vegetables then I could agree with you.

    Think of all the money saved from less people dying from cancer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by min0 lee View Post
    Why?
    I know of one person who is using the patch to quit smoking.
    All because they raised the prices.

    I'm mean really, if this were vegetables then I could agree with you.

    Think of all the money saved from less people dying from cancer.
    I think we should raise the taxes on all fast food & junk food. Less obesity.

    I think we should raise the taxes on all alcohol. Let drunk drivers, less deaths from liver diseases.

    I think we should tax people who don't exercise: they are raising the cost of health insurance for me.

    You don't see the problem with this line of thinking?

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    Quote Originally Posted by busyLivin View Post
    I think we should raise the taxes on all fast food & junk food. Less obesity.

    I think we should raise the taxes on all alcohol. Let drunk drivers, less deaths from liver diseases.

    I think we should tax people who don't exercise: they are raising the cost of health insurance for me.

    You don't see the problem with this line of thinking?
    I completely agree, busy...but there is a larger pool of voters (ie fat people who dont excerise) who would oppose that than smokers.

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    Wow.

    It took some time, but I finally agree with you busy...
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    I agree with Sox, And Busy, we finally see eye to eye on this one!

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    Now you two need to vote against Obama in 2012 & we're all good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by busyLivin View Post
    Now you two need to vote against Obama in 2012 & we're all good.


    whoa there buddy, one thing at a time.
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    isn't it funny though how we are ok with taxing people when it doesn't effect us directly, but when it comes out of our pocket books we are up in arms?

    i don't smoke, and i am against smoking. having said that can one imagine if they did this to gasoline in order to force us to rely less on foreign oil? Its the same premise.
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    This isn't an attempt to try to get people to quit smoking, the government doesn't care about anyones health if they wanted to get people to quit smoking they would hand out patches, gum and other aids to quit. This is just a way for them to exploit a group of addicts for money much like how Heroin Dealers go into an area and sell a potent dose of nod juice and then slowly cut it weaker and weaker so that addicts have to spend more to keep the fix which naturally takes more and more as they build tolerance................
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    Quote Originally Posted by busyLivin View Post
    I think we should raise the taxes on all fast food & junk food. Less obesity.

    I think we should raise the taxes on all alcohol. Let drunk drivers, less deaths from liver diseases.

    I think we should tax people who don't exercise: they are raising the cost of health insurance for me.

    You don't see the problem with this line of thinking?
    2 reasons I quit smoking

    1- For my kids.
    2- It was getting expensive.

    We both quit and lucky we did, packs go for almost $10.00.
    I used to smoke 1 pack while Paul smoked 2 packs daily, now add that up

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    Oh my gosh, cigs are that expensive.

    Smoke pot and live longer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by min0 lee View Post
    2 reasons I quit smoking

    1- For my kids.
    2- It was getting expensive.

    We both quit and lucky we did, packs go for almost $10.00.
    I used to smoke 1 pack while Paul smoked 2 packs daily, now add that up
    Paul Mall ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by IronAddict View Post
    Paul Mall ?


    Well it's $8.50...I think. Still.

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    Quote Originally Posted by min0 lee View Post
    2 reasons I quit smoking

    1- For my kids.
    2- It was getting expensive.

    We both quit and lucky we did, packs go for almost $10.00.
    I used to smoke 1 pack while Paul smoked 2 packs daily, now add that up
    you're a chick?

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    I quit seven years ago. The price now is absolutely incredible. When I quit they were around 3/pack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by busyLivin View Post
    you're a chick?
    That all depends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by min0 lee View Post
    That all depends.
    maybe a sword fighter?

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    Quote Originally Posted by min0 lee View Post
    2 reasons I quit smoking

    1- For my kids.
    2- It was getting expensive.

    We both quit and lucky we did, packs go for almost $10.00.
    I used to smoke 1 pack while Paul smoked 2 packs daily, now add that up
    How did you quit? Cold turkey?

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    We both used the patch.

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    This is awesome!
    My parents are finally quitting/trying to quit smoking.

    I have had 3 deaths in my family related to emphysema/cancer from tobacco use.


    Plus you can argue all day that people have a right to smoke, but then they should not be allowed health benifits.

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    As long as they don't blow that smoke on my face, I don't have any problem with smokers. It is their right to smoke, don't take it away.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PainandGain View Post
    This is awesome!
    My parents are finally quitting/trying to quit smoking.

    I have had 3 deaths in my family related to emphysema/cancer from tobacco use.


    Plus you can argue all day that people have a right to smoke, but then they should not be allowed health benifits.
    You sir, may be on to something.
    if you smoke...your health premiums should be at least triple what a non-smoker pays. Personal responsibilty

    Same thing with seat belts and motorcycle helmets:
    Why are there laws dictating that peole MUST wear seat belts / motor cycle helmets? If you don't want to wear them, don't. Personal choice. However, there are consequences.
    Let the user beware: if in an accident: coverage is null and void.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PainandGain View Post
    This is awesome!
    My parents are finally quitting/trying to quit smoking.

    I have had 3 deaths in my family related to emphysema/cancer from tobacco use.


    Plus you can argue all day that people have a right to smoke, but then they should not be allowed health benifits.
    Not ALLOWED health benifits??? Who died and made you President Obama? Now I would agree if you'd said they shouldn't be eligable for government funded health benifits but, if they're paying for their own health insurance it's none of your business. Besides their premiums are already higher than those of non-smokers.

    As to the original article, it's a load of crap. People predicted cigaretts would become extinct when the price of a pack went over one dollar. Then again when it hit $2, then again at $3. People who want to smoke are going to find the money to feed their habit. There's no difference between cigarettes and any other addictive drug. (Except quitting cigarettes is the most difficult addiction to kick.) As has been said, this is nothing but a government fund raising scheme that exploits a specific portion of the population.
    Rules? You mean we have RULES for that???

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