Should you pay more for cigarettes or should the tobacco company pay more?

United States
September 30, 2006 11:57pm CST
My states' elections are coming up and one of the issues to be voted on is an increase in sales taxes to 13 cents a cigarette distributed ($2.60 per pack). These taxes would fund qualified hospitals for emergency services, health insurance to eligible children as well as fund tobacco-use-prevention programs. All are worthy of funding but it is the smokers them-selves who will be paying for this. All the tobacco company has to do is raise their prices to make up for the increase in taxes. It seems to me that the state(s)and the federal government should be collecting more taxes from the REVENUE of the tobacco companies instead of increasing sales tax and punishing the consumer.
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