What are the effects of higher taxes on cigarettes?
Asked at New Hampshire Street on April 13, 2003
“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.’”