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Should Kansas taxes on cigarettes be increased to help make up for shortfalls in funding for schools and social services?

Response Percent Votes
65% 814
32% 412
Not sure
1% 24
Total 1250


Scott Drummond 7 years, 12 months ago

Better educated people are less likely to smoke and requiring the addicts to contribute in greater measure for the consequences of their addiction only seems fair.

Melanie Birge 7 years, 12 months ago

So where do we get the money when we have no smokers left?

classclown 7 years, 12 months ago

Only if they put cigarette machines in the schools and all social service offices.

Paul R Getto 7 years, 12 months ago

Any tax increase should go to the general fund; earmarking specific taxes to fund certain identified needs is bad policy. Elminating exemptions would be a better approach. Check out what the legislature has wrought in the past years, courtesy of a study they funded to explain to them how they 'eroded' the tax base giving breaks to their buddies.

Hugo Wall School of Urban and Public Affairs Wichita State University

Alexander Smith 7 years, 12 months ago

Besides moving tax money to help schools we should also get someone in control who won't waste dollars and better managte state contracts with 3rd parties and state employees. I mean it is nuts to see how much money is wasted on roadwork, how many people does it take to dig a hole for a pipe?? Non-state contracts like 1 or 2, with state its more like 4 to 6. Its wasted money like this that could be diverted to schools.

DB Ashton 7 years, 12 months ago

Sin taxes are a political dodge that evade acknowledgment and sanctions avoidance of collective responsibility. Education and social service are proper and worthy investments for us all. There’s no logical linkage between funding what’s best for the community as a whole and punishment for anti-social and self-destructive behaviour.

ralphralph 7 years, 12 months ago

How 'bout fries, or any soda bigger than 12 fl oz?

oz1954 7 years, 12 months ago

Just give'em time,they are going to tax anything they can to the hilt. I miss America!

GmaD321 7 years, 12 months ago

Tax alcohol, cigarettes, legalize marijuana and tax it. Cut the salaries of top management in the schools and social services. It's irritating that the answer is always more taxes. No one ever suggests that we trim the fat from the top. WTF?

Mel Briscoe 7 years, 12 months ago

they could leave K2 alone (in other words, don't outlaw it) and tax the hell outta it. people will still buy it.

pace 7 years, 12 months ago

Tax the churches, church property and eliminate the special tax gaps for legislature's pets. Education needs to be a priority over Republican owned corporations.

cowboy 7 years, 12 months ago

Buy your smokes online , buy your prescription meds from Canada , buy your big ticket items outside lawrence with lower sales taxes.

At what point do the rocket scientists in government figure out when you increase costs people will buy elsewhere , locate new businesses elsewhere , and move elsewhere.

beatrice 7 years, 12 months ago

No. Highlighting specific products to place excessive taxes on is wrong. I agree with not smoking in public buildings, just not the idea of added taxes.

oz1954 7 years, 12 months ago

Whether you smoke or drink has nothing to do with excessive taxes. Excessive tax is wrong! Anybody remember not too many years back when the state has an excess in money? Where did it go? They blew it--- That's the problem.

Cassie Powell 7 years, 12 months ago

so what happens when everything has been taxed and kansas is still broke???

jonas_opines 7 years, 12 months ago

So for the love of god, smokers, keep smoking in your homes! Don't smoke anywhere else, of course, but please keep buying those cigarettes and smoking them in the few places we'll permit you to smoke. Like the casinos, go smoke a bunch there and spend your money on games that net little return, just keep smoking.

As long as it's not me making the sacrifices, I'm all for it.

Calliope877 7 years, 12 months ago

scott3460 (anonymous) says… "Better educated people are less likely to smoke and requiring the addicts to contribute in greater measure for the consequences of their addiction only seems fair. "

First of all, education has nothing to do whether a person smokes. Have you been on campus lately? That is a stupid comment. And second of all, your logic can be applied to people who drink coffee; alcohol; eat fast food; etc. It would be "fair" if all those things were excessively taxed as well.

mcontrary 7 years, 12 months ago

Ohyasee, the money could come from the healthcare costs that are saved because there will be less cardiovascular disease and healthcare expenses from the effects of smoking.

poppet 7 years, 12 months ago

"Ohyasee (anonymous) says… So where do we get the money when we have no smokers left?"

exactly!...smokers have borne the brunt of sin taxes for how long now - howsabout alcohol, cheeseburgers/potato chips and cable tv!

"scott3460 (anonymous) says… "BETTER EDUCATED PEOPLE are less likely to smoke and requiring the ADDICTS to contribute in greater measure for the consequences of their ADDICTION only seems fair. "

geez...i'll have to agree w/calliope...have ya ever seen overweight, wine drinkin', payperview watchin' educated people before?...i know i have...

geekyhost 7 years, 12 months ago

Educational attainment has been associated consistently with adult smoking prevalence since 1983 (Figure 2). By education level, smoking prevalence was highest among adults who had earned a General Educational Development diploma (42.3%) and lowest among those with graduate degrees (7.2%). Women with undergraduate (10.5%) or graduate degrees (6.4%) and men with graduate degrees (7.8%) also had smoking prevalence rates below the overall U.S. 2010 objective. During 1983--2002, the largest decreases in smoking prevalence occurred among adults with a college degree (10.0 percentage points) and those with some college education (9.3 percentage points); those with a high school diploma (6.6 percentage points) and those with less than a high school education (5.8 percentage points) showed the smallest decreases.

Source: CDC

Jeff Cuttell 7 years, 12 months ago

The golden goose won't be able keep supplying the taxes needed much longer. If taxes keep increasing on Cigs and Liquor, eventually, the sales for them in Lawrence will too small to make a difference. People are buying more and more online or worse IN MISSOURI. Kansas keeps opening more casinos that are SUPPOSED to help with education. The Kansas lottery should also. There are several other areas to look to that could help by taxing people from outside of Kansas. How's adding $1.00 per ticket to Kansas Speedway events? Only a fraction of those people are Kansans. There rest are from all over the country. Those people will pay the $1.00 and not even think twice about it. What about adding 1/2% to restaurant food? There are SO MANY other things we could tax that would be able to provide a more stable income than cigs. Smoking is continuing to drop in percentage mainly because of the high taxes already, health concerns, and more limited areas that are smoker friendly. The golden goose may be close to laying it's last golden egg. (or at least giving it to Missouri)

PosseComitatus 7 years, 12 months ago

They came after the smokers, I stayed quiet because I didn't smoke... I never much cared for "those" people anyway.

mr_right_wing 7 years, 12 months ago

Speaking of 'sin tax'....why are we not taxing PORN?? The folks in Topeka and D.C. jump at taxing just about anything....why not porn? I don't have any problem with grabbing some extra cash from perverts! Tax porn and tax it hard. (jeez...that kinda sounds bad...sorry!)

Paul R Getto 7 years, 12 months ago

Or, indulgences, like the middle ages. Pre-sin taxes, if you will. If you are lusting for a 1,300 calorie gigantico burger, you'd have to see the food priest, say a prayer, give him ten bucks 'for the poor,' then proceed to the burger joint. Given all the possible sins, the income potential is endless.

8ball 7 years, 12 months ago

why dont we tax everyone with a college degree,they make more money than the rest of us according to the ads on tv and radio.we could create a special tax and put all that money into education

Reuben Turner 7 years, 12 months ago

i agree that smoking is bad for the health, but why raise the tax on them if it don't need to be.

jumpin_catfish 7 years, 12 months ago

How 'bout more taxes on coffee? It's an addiction too and makes people all jittery and more prone to goofy blogs and yellow teeth OMG the yellow teeth.

denak 7 years, 12 months ago

I'm on the fence. In general, I agree with an increase in taxing cigarettes. However, I am getting a little leery of tax increases that are suppose to help fund schools and yet, our schools continue to be underfunded.


valgrlku 7 years, 11 months ago

To where is the revenue generated from the state lottery going?

In my opinion, alcohol, if anything, should be taxed much more aggressively. After all, its use/abuse causes many more societal problems than any smoker could - drunk driving and the subsequent accidents and deaths (not to mention the incredibly adverse effect upon insurance rates and overall commerce), spousal/child abuse, employment issues, major health problems, aggression and violence in general, alcohol poisoning, the strain on the medical profession - I could go on and on. Remind me again how many publicized alcohol-related incidents there are in this city and how many times smoking related incidents occur? Puh-lease.

For those who continually point out that second hand smoke kills people - I'd love to see those statistics in relation to how many people are injured/killed as a result of alcohol use (including drunk driving deaths). Perhaps if legislators are interested in increasing a sin tax, alcohol should be considered first.

jackpot 7 years, 11 months ago

valgrlku: From the KS Lottery website Gaming Revenues Fund - Fiscal Year 2009

Economic Development Initiatives Fund $42,432,000

Juvenile Detention Facilities Fund $2,496,000

Correctional Institutions Building Fund $4,992,000

Problem Gambling Grant Fund $80,000

State General Fund $15,621,042 How much of the general fund goes to the schools?

kansasmutt 7 years, 11 months ago

jackpot ) 65% of all state tax revenue goes to school funding. Lots of cash wasted. I have to agree with OZ post." I miss America." Too bad we are now a socialist state . Does anyone remember why we left England ? I do, becuse of what we have now become. I am glad i am older and only have a small amount of years left . Too bad history teachers dont teach kids why we left England and formed the United States Of America. Too bad we dont teach kids what the Bill Of Rights is . I feel sorry for our younger generation. We are leaving them with nothing and we dont even care , we just create more taxs and more waste. We ( USA ) are now just a watered down part of every other country and no direction, no backbone.

purplesage 7 years, 11 months ago

The support our schools / repair our roads connections to lottery give that form of gambling undue respectability by tying it to essential services. So too with tobacco. And it won't stop people from smoking because they are addicted. It will just take more money from a certain facet of the population. Taxes on vices put the government beholding to the same.

geekyhost 7 years, 11 months ago

The "let's not tax tobacco because then people will just quit and we won't get anymore tax revenue" argument is pretty silly. If people do quit, hooray. We've all won.

As for the buying it elsewhere? You can buy coffee and soda cheaper at the grocery store, but plenty of people still buy it from vending machines and cafes. People are lazy and will pay the extra dollar for the convenience of not having to make a cross state drive.

geekyhost 7 years, 11 months ago

Ah yes, kansasmutt. The good old days when women couldn't vote and people could literally be owned. Life was so much more perfect then, eh?

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