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Should Cigarettes be Taxed More When We Know That They Kill?
Cigarettes should be taxed even more because we know that they kill.
Children learn habits from parents and teachers in their early years of life, which last forever. This is the time when they should be taught not to smoke, as doing this when they are adults has proved futile.
This could be approached by way of collective action; file legal suits against tobacco brands by thousands and force the courts to listen to the voice of the people.
If taxes were increased, the government could use the taxation revenue to create greater awareness about the perils of smoking.
This is done in other countries,
as an example, to act as an incentive for people to quit. The revenue it raises is used to fund healthcare which smokers will need if they continue to smoke.
Rather than taxing cigarettes and tobacco products, governments should focus on creating awareness; smokers are going to buy it, no matter how expensive it becomes.
The tobacco industry is already heavily taxed. Further taxation would damage the livelihoods of farmers who grow tobacco, and thousands of people who earn a living out of this industry.
Once taxation reaches a certain level,
black market cigarettes
become a problem. Just as government prohibition of alcohol and marijuana gives rise to criminal enterprise, so does the de facto ban on cigarettes through high taxes.
Taxation can lead to the notion that cigarettes are for privileged people, and are valuable, increasing incentive in juveniles.
The governments shouldn't have the authority to limit consumer's choices, as long as freedom and justice in the marketplace is assured and protected.
Cigarettes should be banned
Pure recreation is immoral when we could be helping to end suffering.
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