So why is the UN/WHO going forward on taxing the stuff? “As we reported at the beginning of the month, the United States is sitting out the World Health Organization’s (WHO) conference in Moscow where they will discuss massive new taxes on tobacco products – and potentially e-cigarettes as well – in all nations who have signed on to their treaty.” Mind you, the USA didn’t sign onto that treaty, so maybe it won’t have that much effect on things; but you’d think that the international community might want to think things throu…
Yeah, right, never mind.
In a socially-acceptable way, of course: ie, via another hike in the tax on tobacco. The “Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative” – a name whose hint of subtle menace should make small-government types involuntarily shiver – looking to raise it by a buck a pack, because… well, pretty much because they want people to quit smoking, and taxing it through the ceiling is supposed to accomplish that. And it might… except for one minor little detail. You see, Maryland’s state sales tax on tobacco is currently two dollars; over in Virginia it’s thirty cents.
You do the math.
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