Tobacco tax is discriminatory

Posted: Monday, October 20, 2003

Attention smokers: Would you support a business that discriminated against you? That refused to serve you because of the color of your skin, or your religious preference?

Then why do you support a government that is blatantly discriminating against you because of a choice you decided to make?

Every time you buy a pack of cigarettes from a local business you are giving more and more money to the organization that singled you out and decided to tax you, because you chose to smoke.

Isn't it ironic that they need us to buy cigarettes, but then charge us extra for doing so? You do have other options, there are a variety of ways to get your cigarettes not only for cheaper, but without the never-ending cigarette tax.

Maybe then when everyone has to start paying higher taxes because the government can't rely on cigarette taxes they will realize it might not have been a good idea to push smokers to the edge. Or maybe they'll just tax us for air next.

If you keep supporting these actions by the government you will watch the tax on cigarettes rise and rise.

Let's stop being the victims of excessive government spending, get your cigarettes from elsewhere - not only is it cheaper, but it's also legal, too. And at least your money is going to someone who will appreciate it, not just going towards paying people to raise your taxes again.

Tim J. Shockley

Juneau



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