Archive for Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Group urging legislators to hike cigarette sales tax by $1 per pack

Anti-smoking advocates are campaigning for a cigarette tax increase. The current proposal would raise taxes a full dollar.

April 13, 2010


— Anti-smoking groups are trying to pressure Kansas legislators into raising the state's cigarette tax by $1 a pack, to a total $1.79.

Half-page ads were running Tuesday in newspapers in seven cities, urging Kansans to contact lawmakers in support of the tax increase.

The ads are paid for by the American Cancer Society and sponsored by three other anti-smoking groups.

The groups also planned to start airing radio ads Wednesday on 26 stations across the state.

Boosting the tax would raise almost $75 million a year for the state. The ads also note that higher taxes are likely to discourage young people from smoking.

Kansas lawmakers reconvene April 28 to tackle a projected shortfall in the budget for the next fiscal year.


William Pike 7 years, 11 months ago

They are all addicted and they will pay whatver we want. Muh hahahaha (evil laugh)

Ron Holzwarth 7 years, 11 months ago

I quit Sept 29, 2000, in large part because of the cost. So where did all that money go,,, I dunno!

SettingTheRecordStraight 7 years, 11 months ago

I'm all for non-profit advertising campaigns, peer pressure and education about the dangers of smoking. Heck, I'm a non-smoker and I abhore cigarette smoke.

However, the government should not engage in social engineering through tax policy. Nor should we favor state government laying its hands on another $75 million of our money.

parrothead8 7 years, 11 months ago

So "right thinking folks" don't try to control the behavior of other people? You should probably think about that statement again.

ConcernedAboutSchools 7 years, 11 months ago

The "right thinking folks" spend their entire lives trying to control what other people do. You need a reality check. If conservatives didn't care what other people do, then I'd be able to marry my partner legally and get the responsibilities that come with marriage.

anonyname 7 years, 11 months ago

I'm glad to read that you 'don't give a care what others do' if they leave you alone. Assuming one doesn't come on to you or attack you for being straight (I don't know you, but odds tell me it's more likely than not), that tells me you have no problem with gays. If gays leave others alone, then you have no issue with them being in the military, or being religious leaders, or being teachers or coaches. People believing in Allah, alien space bats, or even having no religious belief are just fine. Now that you've professed this belief and the conclusions that logically follow from it, I hope you work to bring other 'right thinking folks' around to your positions.

LogJammer 7 years, 11 months ago

As a self-loathing smoker I don't feel this is really a liberal/conservative issue. It's a matter of public health. In fact a conservative could argue that smokers like me have the CHOICE to not smoke if we don't like the cost. I have friends in Boston who refuse to pay ridiculously high costs for smokes and have thus quit. Plus if they buy them there are few public places to legally smoke. The additional taxation, though not really fair, is justified by the strain smokers put on our health systems, whether public or private. Plus secondhand smoke is injurious to others.

Alyosha 7 years, 11 months ago

Can any adult here restate what the above comment is attempting to convey?

I get the vague impression the writer is trying to communicate something. It's just currently impossible to determine what that is.

gccs14r 7 years, 11 months ago

Discouraging kids from smoking is a good thing. An alternative to pricing kids out of the market is to make tobacco available only by prescription. Is that better?

somedude20 7 years, 11 months ago

This might be more fair if a $1.79 tax was put on sodas and candy. "Obesity Is Linked to Higher Rates of Chronic Conditions Than Are Smoking, Drinking, or Poverty" source: How can you justify always taxing one evil but do nothing about the others? Funny how booze and smokes are the devil but being fat is a disability. People are not born weighing 200lbs,300lbs,400lbs rather they make a choice to get fat and that choice is costing Americans more now than evey and they "sin" tax-free.

emptymind 7 years, 11 months ago

I agree here, everything in life is a matter of choice. You're not born a smoker, drinker or fat. YOU make the call, the govt shouldn't have to be involved in choices like this.

kimmydarling 7 years, 11 months ago

A faulty endocrine system can make you fat, nothing genetic or organic can make you smoke without your consent

Flap Doodle 7 years, 11 months ago

Make a requirement that in order to buy a pack of cigarettes you have to turn in 20 butts. Every six months 10 more trade-ins are necessary.

SLOPOKE 7 years, 11 months ago

I think they should raise the Tax's on Alcohol in Lawrence there would be more revenue from alcohol, Tobacoooooo

ConcernedAboutSchools 7 years, 11 months ago

I would support any tax that will fund schools. Would this tax fund schools?

SettingTheRecordStraight 7 years, 11 months ago

"Any tax"? How about higher taxes on Social Security Benefits? New taxes on prescriptions? Maybe we eliminate the earned income tax credit or we increase taxes on those making minimum wage?

emptymind 7 years, 11 months ago

How about making all our our Senators and Reps start paying into Social Security? And paying for their own health care? They are no different than anyone else.

Gaul 7 years, 11 months ago

The black market business will boom. The sale of "roll your own" equipment will be up, too. Soon, tobacco will be as costly as marijuana. I admit the idea of taxing unpopular, harmful consumer items is becoming popular in the search by the bloated, money-hungry government. Sweets, sugar, (tea? ala George III), trans fats, caffeine, and other items are all potential targets in the voracious search for more of our money for the government to take and spend. We are only working until May (I believe) each year now to support this black hole.

Lenette Hamm 7 years, 11 months ago

wpike is right on ~

"... and I'll quit when cigarettes reach xxx cents (yeah, CENTS) per pack." Where there's a will there's a way, and we all end up paying for it.

Shardwurm 7 years, 11 months ago

Pretty soon it will be cheaper to smoke weed.

getreal64 7 years, 11 months ago

"Somedude" is the only one hitting the bullseye here. Let's see, since I don't drink coffee and that's a $5 a day habit too, it should bring in even more money than the smokin' tax. I've seen the cost breakdown of cigs (about 50% goes to fed, state taxes etc). Then I've seen the current total tax rates on the beer at a local private smoking bar/club. They are at about 49% total also. Wow, that new coffee tax income wouldn't hurt the kids cause they don't drink much if any coffee. Yeah that's it !! A new coffee tax for the kids. After all, they always hide BEHIND the school kids whenever they want more money, ...right? And that nasty coffee breath that violates MY CLEAN AIR inside the office where I thought my government was protecting me. Boo Hoo. Let's hear from the coffee drinkers who are volunteering to pay for the deficit. Peel open those wallets and do it proud.

getreal64 7 years, 11 months ago

Sorry, I forgot to add the fact that coffee is an import and cigarette tobbacco is domestic. God save the USA.

Ken Lewis 7 years, 11 months ago

The legislature has many solutions to the state budget crisis.....none of them is cutting wasteful spending.

For example, KC Star has a great link to county and state employee lists and salaries. JOCO sherrif's office has 5 majors each making over $100K annually. So much for state jobs being low paying.

Then, they will tax us to death some more.

After that, they signed a new law this year to sieze proceeds from prostitution busts. The state will profit from illegal prostitution....from a "high moral ground" of course.

IndusRiver 7 years, 11 months ago

At the LDCHA social engineering is written into their housing policies. On April 1 a Smoking Ban went into effect for those apartments that have oxygen, and that's because HUD mandated to all housing authorities that they ban smoking. It's the latest political agenda. It has nothing to do with anybody's health. I've had oxygen for 2 years with never a problem. But the HA wants a No Smoking Ban for ALL housing units that they own. The housing authority staff, of course, can continue to smoke outside. For some strange reason the second-hand smoke arguments that the HA has made just doesn't apply to their own staff. Go figure. I'm one of those people who understand the fears from a government that's out of control because I see it every day. I also protest the "loony Liberals" who can't even run their own lives telling me how to run mine.

anonyname 7 years, 11 months ago

none2, to show your disapproval for the out of control government, you're going to fully disavow any future Medicare or Social Security benefits, right?

independant1 7 years, 11 months ago

Put a good tax on beer and that would take care of the unemployment fund. (Will Rogers)

gccs14r 7 years, 11 months ago

They should have never messed with the election of Senators. They're not supposed to be subject to the whims of the electorate, who don't always know what's best for them. Now Senators have to campaign and try to appeal to the LCD of voter--one who can fog a mirror. This has proven to be a terrible idea.

Armored_One 7 years, 11 months ago

So when they tax cigarettes out of existance, I wonder what they will tax into oblivion next, since all those millions of dollars in taxes will no longer be there...

Gee, maybe we should reign in the spending, instead of trying to get more income. Nah, that's what those silly people in the real world have to do.

LogJammer 7 years, 11 months ago

Reigning in spending is always a good idea, but thanks for dusting off that ancient wisdom, Confucius. Cigarettes will always exist, but when a smoker quits, he has more cash. A pack-a-day smoker in Lawrence would have about $4-6 more per day to circulate into other, non-lethal areas of the local economy. They make smokes here in town? In KS? So really the taxes are the only good we get from them, eh? I am a smoker who supports any tax on something so pointless and so unhealthy.

Randall Barnes 7 years, 11 months ago

i still yet to hear about a tax on chocolate.and leave my coffee alone.

RoeDapple 7 years, 11 months ago

Yay!! I'm all for it! Tax the hell out of anything I don't do but leave me and my filthy habits alone!

(does that cover it?)

kansasmutt 7 years, 11 months ago

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Deja Coffin 7 years, 11 months ago

They raise the taxes of cigarettes but do nothing to help lower income people as well as everyone else afford prescriptions or over-the-counter methods to stop smoking. If these methods work, why not make them more accessible? I'm lucky enough to have found out I was pregnant with my first child in 2004 and stop cold turkey. Best decision I ever made.

Ron Holzwarth 7 years, 11 months ago

That was probably the best thing you ever did for your child!

Alyosha 7 years, 11 months ago

Here's another, exactly the same as before! "Stimulus, PAD Feeding, and Posercare live unprecedented"

Is that some kind of coded message? (I say that because it makes no objective sense.)

People used to put nonsense into classified ads and that apparent nonsense was actually a coded message.

What coded message is "Stimulus, PAD Feeding, and Posercare live unprecedented" conveying, and to whom?

Inquiring minds would sure like to know!

IndusRiver 7 years, 11 months ago

One of the things they should do is get out of the housing business. If putting a ban on smoking in public housing gets some of those people to leave public housing, then all power to them.

I couldn't agree with you more, none2, but the government (HUD/LDCHA) buys up more and more local real estate every year. I fear, and I mean I really fear it, that I see the day coming when this housing cancer engulfs the entire city. At Edgewood, anyway, the main campus of the LDCHA, tenants DO want to leave, but their options are the Section 8 program (in which case most landlords don't want to partner with the housing authority), or the Drop-In Shelter (which is now in a triangular partnership with the LDCHA and Bert Nash) to house people (guess!) at the housing authority! If people could leave TODAY it would be a mass exodus, believe me.

IndusRiver 7 years, 11 months ago

The prez should have to put his cigarette out and not light another one while he's occupying his public housing unit.

ahimsa 7 years, 11 months ago

Alyosha--Barry Penders makes no sense but tries to come off as intellectual. It's sad really. And he obviously knows nothing about Darwin or evolution! So he just posts all kinds of nonsense. I'm embarrassed for him.

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