We have smokers in this family. If this kinda tax, er whatever they want to call it, happens..we too are going to be in deep do. Can they really do this?
For a while.
They only need to do it long enough to overwhelm the system.
Once they have succeeded in doing that, all they have to do is step back and wait until all the peasants have starved to death.
Insurance should be free to charge people more if they engage in risky behaviors but the government should have nothing to do with that.
Si se puede!
I want to know if the same increases will apply to pot smokers? Gee, all those new states just legalized pot, too. What a buzzkill.
I guess quitting and saving the 9 Thousand dollars is out of the question.......
Maybe a few smokers should file a law suite about the fact that you have been PAYING for years via a tax on cigarettees into a state and federal system that was supposed to help cover the cost of medical care for smokers. Taxed you once shame on you - tax me twice...you must be a democrat.
Or just hold out for a few years till you qualify for Medicare (which I suppose is designed to get us all hopping on the “Medicare For All” bandwagon)
They should have aded it to the cost of a pack. $20 a pack seems about right.
Grow your own and roll your own. Nobodies the wiser.
Just wait until the unintended consequences come into play, specifically when millions of people stop smoking because of the penalty and then state tobacco tax revenue dries up completely.
It's a tax. I have my doubts that the money will even go to healthcare.
They can do whatever they want. They took posession of our physical beings through Obamacare, so now they can dictate any behaviour they so chose.
As long as they target “evil smokers” even FReepers will celebrate!
I discovered back in 2008 that Obama is one of those persons who people would be better off never listening to, and I never do listen to him speak, on or for any occasion.
If they can do it to smokers, they can do it to drinkers. They can do it to “the obese”. Welcome to fascism.
It appears that enough people will quit smoking, eventually, and that will cut yet more ill gotten revenues to the beast. If you want to try to quit, try to quit. Then try it again. Each time you try, ask yourself, “How do I feel? Am I okay?” You’ll come to the conclusion each time, that you’re alright (although feeling different). Resolve to avoid going negative on those around you.
Quit a thousand times, if necessary, until you know the physical and mental changes of quitting inside and out. Pay attention to those changes (waking feelings, sleep patterns and other changes).
Isolate yourself from smokes for a few hours one way, then do it another way. Then, for days. Get thoroughly acquainted with quitting. In time, it’ll feel better to avoid smoking than to smoke. You can do it. Then, what will the non-smoking fascists, who have their own problems and do their own wrongs have to pick at?
If you don’t want to try, then you won’t. That’s alright, too, IMO.