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What the Future Holds for Tobacco Taxes

James2571 Wrote: Nov 12, 2012 9:10 PM
Tax them out of existence. Tobacco is a scourage up on mankind. Make the tax $10 a pack. I watched my grandfather suffocated to death in an oxygen tent from emphysema caused by cigarette smoking. He started during WWII while in the Navy and was addicted ever after. TAX THEM TO HADES AND BACK!!
CyZane Wrote: Nov 13, 2012 12:17 PM
I believe you missed the point of the article. Extortionate taxation does not eliminate smoking, it just shifts it to the illegal market.

This week, in Seoul, South Korea, government representatives from 176 United Nations (UN) member-states will meet to discuss proposals ostensibly aimed at curbing tobacco use worldwide. The reality is that what happens this week could affect tax rates in the United States (US) and abroad and establish a dangerous precedent by ceding taxation powers to an international organization without achieving the goal of smoking cessation.

The World Health Organization (WHO), a UN subsidiary, has long led the push for a global tobacco tax, funds from which would be earmarked for WHO funding. The proposal has major implications for the preservation...