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What the Future Holds for Tobacco Taxes

jdavidson Wrote: Nov 12, 2012 9:45 AM Finally someone in the House of Commons has woken up to the fact legislation on tobacco tax (and indeed plans for plain packaging) have serious drawbacks. The main reason that people resort to buying tobacco on the black market is the excessively high rate of taxation. 85% taxation is extremely excessive by anyone’s standards and openly encourages tax avoidance. The lesson was hard learned in the 18th century. As a result of the Napoleonic wars alcohol, textiles, and tobacco imports were embargoed by the Government. This resulted in a very lucrative smuggling trade, and in the establishment of what is now HM Customs and Excise. Some of the wealthiest families in the country gained...
Wilbor2 Wrote: Nov 12, 2012 12:58 PM
Remember the whiskey Wars after the American revolution. We need to follow our ancestors. I have not smoked in 29 years, layer them down and walked away after smoking 3packs a day. Goverment is lying to you on the addiction problem, nicotine is habit forming like caffeine not addictive like heroin. Science lies to us about every thing they dislike until you can not believe anything they say anymore.

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...