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What are the effects of higher taxes on cigarettes?

Asked at New Hampshire Street on April 13, 2003

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“They’re taxing it to stop younger people from smoking, but the older people still have to pay the tax. I’m legal to smoke, I shouldn’t have to pay $1.50 extra because a 16-year-old thinks he should smoke.”

“I don’t know, but I hope that more people have stopped smoking.”

“I think sin taxes are probably some of the better taxes we have, to tax things people don’t need. I think people don’t buy as many cigarettes as they normally would.”

“I think you have a bunch of politicians trying to make poor people pay their share of the taxes. A lot of people don’t smoke, so it’s really easy to get in meetings and say ‘Let’s let everyone else pay our taxes for us.’”

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