Holy Smokes! Price Of Cigarettes Is Going Up Soon

The federal excise tax on a pack of cigarettes may likely be increased by 62 cents to $1.01 a pack if President Obama signs the State Children’s Health Insurance Program(SCHIP) legislation passed by the House today. This will accomplish a couple of things. First, nearly four million more kids can be qualify for the coverage (7 million have it now), and second, the higher cost per pack is going to convince some younger smokers to quit, or not start smoking.

6 Comments so far

  1. kcmpls on February 4th, 2009 @ 5:08 pm

    This is very good news. Come on Obama, tax those cigs you smoke.

  2. Donavon (brash) on February 5th, 2009 @ 12:24 pm

    As long as kids are getting allowances and using their parents’ credit cards, this won’t matter one bit. It just punishes law abiding smokers who keep getting kicked around by the rest of the country.

  3. Robert Moffitt (justpbob) on February 5th, 2009 @ 1:19 pm

    On the contrary, Donovan, every time the price of a pack of cigarettes increases by 10 percent there is a seven percent decrease in youth smoking. Higher costs don’t (usually) reduce adult smoking rates, but the link between youth smoking and price is well documented and researched.

  4. Donavon (brash) on February 6th, 2009 @ 2:01 am

    On the counter-contrary Robert, the study that you are citing has been debunked over a decade ago when this very same debate was last occurring in Congress. And if eleven year old New York Times articles aren’t good enough for you, here is Dr. Kenkel’s testimony to Congress from five months ago redebunking the myth that higher prices equal lower youth consumption of tobacco.

    I believe that there is some sort of irony that, after decades of Big Tobacco using junk science and funny numbers to push their own agenda, the anti-tobacco lobby is now doing the same thing.

  5. Robert Moffitt (justpbob) on February 6th, 2009 @ 8:19 am

    I’m not a lobbyist. I’m just plain bob.

    Kenkel is welcome to his opinion — we got our own.

    In any case, the law has been passed. Prepare to pony up, smokers.

  6. Donavon (brash) on February 6th, 2009 @ 9:34 pm

    Kenkel isn’t merely peddling his own opinion or spewing up bunk statistics he found on the internet, but presenting the results of years of research on the matter. But hey, kicking around smokers is good politics, so if the Congress wants to ditch substantive research in favor of their own opinions on the matter, well then, I suppose they have the votes to do so.

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