The Cigarette Tax

American Voicespatriotismtobacco ISSUE 38•07 Feb 27, 2002

Twenty-two states are considering raising cigarette taxes to generate extra revenue, and in New York City, the cost of a pack may reach $7. What do you think?

  • “I think that if these politicians enjoyed a nice, relaxing smoke once in a while, they wouldn't propose such uptight laws.”

    Patti Courson –
    Receptionist

  • “The government is such a bunch of suckers. I haven't reported my cigarettes on my taxes once.”

    Frederick Purcell –
    Systems Analyst

  • “I don't care if they raise the price, because I'm the guy in the bar who doesn't smoke except when he drinks. Got a cigarette?”

    Todd Kantner –
    Bus Driver

  • “How can I afford smokes now, especially with a baby on the way?”

    Danielle Dawes –
    Waitress

  • “The government has a right to tax unhealthy products because, after all, they pay for health care. What? They don't?”

    Richard McCall –
    Contractor

  • “Well, $7 seems like a reasonable price to pay to calm my shakes and jitters over not having any fucking money.”

    Mike Dutler –
    Machinist