OK. I am probably going to wind up sounding like a spoiled little brat. My parents and my boyfriend all say that I am spoiled so I guess it fits. I am very aggravated about this whole cigarette tax increase. They have raised the taxes on our cigarettes enough already.
I am not going to smoke a cigarette, get in the car, go down the road, wreck, and kill some innocent bystander or driver because of the effects the cigarette had on me. I am not going to get pregnant because of a mistake I made due to the effects of nicotine, and then kill the baby. I am not going to smoke a cigarette and because of that cigarette, beat my child. I am not going to smoke and then decide that it’s a good idea to rob a store or a bank or run through Walmart naked (at least not because of the effects the cigarette had on me). Cigarettes aren’t going to make me do anything crazy.
The only person I am harming when I smoke is myself. And of course those people who choose to inhale the second hand smoke. Making places smoke free is fine as well, but while they’re at it, why don’t they make some places alcohol free. Why don’t they raise the taxes on alcoholic beverages. Why not spend more time worrying about the things people ingest that make them cause harm to others and less time worrying about those of us that are only harming ourselves. Raising cigarette taxes is not going to make us stop smoking. The brand I smoke has gone from 99 cents a pack when I was 14 to 2.14 a pack and are now 3.74 a pack. This is before they add the regular sales tax. So cigarettes have gone up almost 3 dollars a pack since I started smoking and I’m not quitting.
Why must they try to control those of us who don’t use illegal substances, don’t drink and drive, don’t drink and hurt people because we drank. Why can they not try harder to control those people in America that NEED controlled. I know some of them smoke cigarettes as well but cigarettes are the lesser of MANY evils that they need to be fighting. The people that use street drugs generally get off pretty close to scott free. All they have to do is give a name and they get a suspended sentence and probation no matter how many offenses they’ve had. The smarter ones will give a name of a dealer so they can take over their business while the dealer is in jail. So they make more money in the long run.
I just simply do not understand why they insist on trying to control the choices that we make that generally only affect us. Try to control the choices people make that affect millions of people every year. They are not hard enough on people who drive while under the influence. They are not hard enough on the people who traffic and abuse illegal substances. They are not hard enough on the people that feel that it’s ok to use a child for their selfish, sick, and twisted sexual desires. Yet they make it a little harder for those of us who simply wish to get a nicotine fix, every time they go over the budget and need more money.
Well, I say, raise the taxes on alcohol. Raise the court costs for felons. Make inmates at the jails and prisons earn money and then use that money to pay their own room and board and to pay for anything else that the jail may need from additions to toilet repairs. Force the people who choose to drive while under the influence to pay extra fines or monthly or yearly fines on top of the probation that they get. Let those of us who choose to smoke, smoke freely in outdoor areas, and let the alcohol and drug abusers pick up the slack on the budgets for schools and roads and jails and whatever else the government sees fit to use that money on.
And while I’m at it, stop allowing people to sue cigarette companies because they got cancer. Anyone that is able to read or hear, knows that they believe cigarettes cause cancer. They know it’s a risk before they start. They know cigarettes are addictive. So they get to sue the manufacturers because of a choice that they made for themselves? That really makes a lot of sense. I don’t see people suing Budweiser because someone got in the car and drove after drinking their beer, and wrecked and hurt someone. I don’t see people suing drug dealers because they became addicted to a substance they KNEW was addictive.
Punish someone else for once. I think the smokers of America have picked up enough slack for one century. Don’t you?