“Ef the poor!

“‘An increase in tobacco tax rates is not only sound public health policy but a smart and predictable way to help boost the economy and generate long-term health savings for states facing deepening budget deficits,’ said John Seffrin, chief executive of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network.

‘We have irrefutable evidence that raising the tobacco tax lowers smoking rates among adults and deters millions of children from picking up their first cigarette,’ Seffrin said in a statement.”

Oh really? If it’s so effective at lowering the smoking rate, where’s all the money coming from then John? It’s amazing how the left will lambaste Republicans for giving tax cuts only to the rich while screwing the poor. Meanwhile, what’s a more regressive tax than a $1 tax increase on cigarettes. Which of the following do you think is going to have a harder time affording this, Bill Gates or the homeless guy on 34th street? It’s a regressive, cynical, irresponsible way for the government to make a quick buck on an unpopular and overwhelmingly poor minority whom the left themselves will argue are plagued by an addiction they cant kick. So let’s take that poor single Mom working double shifts at the local restaurant and charge her an extra buck a pack for a habit she can’t quit. This is the kind of bureaucratic strong arming that national health care will exponentially magnify.