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What the Future Holds for Tobacco Taxes

wcody Wrote: Nov 12, 2012 2:20 AM
Basham (of Cato) and John Luik report on a study showing a) the harsh regressive nature of existing taxes (low income people now spend 24% of their income on cigarettes, up from 11% 8 years ago) and b) the taxes haven't cut smoking. IOW, even extortionate domestic taxes accomplish nothing except enriching the government at the expense of poor smokers.
R.3 Wrote: Nov 12, 2012 10:04 AM
Sort of reminds me of the percentage of income the same people spend on state-run gambling. You see the people who can least afford it standing in line to by lotto, scratch-offs, keno, and pick three. New measures to license more casino's are sold as a benefit "for the children". No matter the "cause", the bottom line is how to get more money out of the pocket of citizens under the guise of "it's for our own good". Not so much different than agreeing to fantastic wage and benefit packages for union public employees to guarantee a percentage makes its way back to the campaign coffers.

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...