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Do you favor increasing the state cigarette tax to help fund some health care costs?

Response Percent Votes
67% 509
29% 225
Not sure
2% 18
Total 752


persevering_gal 9 years, 7 months ago

If this gets smokers to think twice about lighting up, then by all means, RAISE THE TAXES ON CIGS! Thanks to second-hand smoke, I now have asthma! They can at least help pay for my health care!

humblecommentator 9 years, 7 months ago

i am against higher taxes generally but would like to see them taxed out of existence.

denak 9 years, 7 months ago

I don't smoke but I would gladly pay more taxes if it meant that every child under the age of 18 was covered in this state. I have a friend whose son has Type 1 diabetes and every since he was diagnosed two years ago she has had to jump through hoop after hoop to get him what he needs.It is just ridiculous.Dena

SusieCreamcheeze 9 years, 7 months ago

Cody Henry...tell your mom I said hello...

Chris Ogle 9 years, 7 months ago

Oh boy... more taxes!! The last time I went to a bar, it was in Baldwin City. I enjoyed a beer (43% Tax on the beer) and smoked a cig while drinking a beer. What a sinner I am!!By the way, the sin tax for fuel was nearly 40 cents..... What a sinner..... Thank you for allowing me to be me......just a hard working American who is paying way too much in Taxes...Maybe I should stop earning money and apply for a bail-out .........NO THANKS.... I will just be an American..... I would rather VOTE!

jumpin_catfish 9 years, 7 months ago

While I don't care how high the taxes go on tobacco because I don't smoke, it does puzzle me that people are so willing to give the government more of their money to spend on whatever. Personally, I will never give the government one thin dime willingly, they will need to take it and take it they will.

BigPrune 9 years, 7 months ago

Whatever happened to the Tobacco Settlement? Why didn't that money go into off setting health care costs?

BigDog 9 years, 7 months ago

So if this causes people to quit smoking ...... how will they fund their health care programs?Because annually health care costs keep rising .... even for non-smokers .... so if 10% of smokers quit ..... how will the funding needed for these program be made up?fat tax? soda tax? alcohol tax? sex tax (there are health risks there too)? No wonder people have a tough time making ends meet .... for every raise people get ... the government (city, county, state, and federal) wants more and more

BigPrune 9 years, 7 months ago

Joseph Biden says if you don't want to pay more taxes then you're not patriotic.

Corey Keizer 9 years, 7 months ago

They should cut taxes on food, and increase taxes on cigs, booze and gas. Cut taxes on the necessities and increase taxes on the luxuries.

nut_case 9 years, 7 months ago

As a non-smoker and only a light/social drinker - I suppose I should be for it. But I worry that someone will actually wake up one day and see that heart disease is the leading killer in the US. So will we then have 'sin' taxes on Bacon? Cheese? Eggs? Would a glazed donut be sin while a bran muffin escapes? What if I want real butter on the muffin? Two years ago eggs and butter were 'bad' Though recent studies have shown they now actually have health benefits when consumed in moderation. Likewise with wine. If you believe the bible, Jesus turned water into wine...but now it is taxed as a 'sin' Who came up with that?? I believe our government has no business what so ever dictating what people do or eat through taxing 'sin' while allowing 'approved' activities to be relatively cheap, though still taxed to a high degree!!

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