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Cigarette smuggling in Florida increases

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Since 2006, Florida's tax on cigarettes has increased 294 percent.

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inmate347 - 9/8/2013 11:24 AM
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"That $240 million a year could do a lot for our school system, a lot for public safety" Isn't it the responsibility of everyone to pay for improvements in those areas? Why is extra financial responsibility in these areas being placed just on smokers? Wasn't the justification for increased cigarette taxes that smokers are an extra drain on health care, thus the additional money was necessary to fund public health care programs due to smokers? The truth is smoking has either no impact or a net positive impact on government expenditures without even taking into account any taxes at all. If you smoke you are likely to have more health problems at a relatively younger age than a non-smoker, but you're also likely to die earlier. As a result all that money that would have been spent on people that smoke between the time they actually die and the time they would have died if they didn't smoke is saved, which more than makes up for the additional health care costs involved during their shorter average lifespan. The problem here isn't smuggled cigarettes, it's overtaxation, exploitation of a minority group (people that smoke), and lazy government. Smokers pay far more than their fair share in taxes. Their exploited by society and politicians to subsidize the general fund people don't like their habit and they've been made to feel guilty about their choice to smoke, so they don't object strongly or in large enough numbers to make their exploitation difficult to maintain.
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