Before you light up you better load up. Fed tax on cigarettes going to $1.01 a pack as of April 1st

April 1, 2009 Update.  President Obama breaks his  NO TAX INCREASE PLEDGE.

“I can make a firm pledge,” he said in Dover, N.H., on Sept. 12. “Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes.”

He repeatedly vowed “you will not see any of your taxes increase one single dime.”

Now in office, Obama, who stopped smoking but has admitted he slips now and then, signed a law raising the tobacco tax nearly 62 cents on a pack of cigarettes, to $1.01. Other tobacco products saw similarly steep increases.

Sometimes we are better off not having the news in our face 24/7. For most of this afternoon I watched Tiger Woods who is in a league of his own on the links. Then I turned  on my computer. Bad decision.

The Sac Bee just sent me their latest Interent news reporting that the federal tax on a pack of butts is increasing from 39 cents to $1.01 effective April 1st. While I am not a smoker I do have some friends and family who still enjoy a cigarette, cigar, or a pipe with full knowledge that lung cancer is a killer caused by smoking. Research indicates that 80-90 percent of emphysema is caused by smoking.
So let’s think this through. We want to protect everyone’s health and encourage our children, family and friends not to smoke. Great concept that we totally support. However, to raise money the government, that same government who wants to create universal health care, is raising tobacco taxes to generate much needed funds.
Think about that for a minute. If we can get Americans to stop smoking how much revenue will they actually raise?
As they also want to address climate change, referring to a need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from our vehicles, their next move will be to tack on another $2.00 to $3.00 per gallon in taxes at the pump so that we will cave in to more of their “social engineering” agenda and simply park our cars while continuing to make our lease payments.

Note: According to the SacBee chart the federal tax on tobacco products, such as cigarettes, from 1951 until 1982 were 8 cents a pack. From 1982 to 1990 it doubled to 16 cents, 1991 to1992 increased to 20 cents, 1993-1999 24 cents, 2000 to 2001 34 cents, 2002 to 2009 it was raised to the current rate of 39 cents going to a record breaking $1.01 as of Wednesday April 1st.

That my friends is not an Orange Juice blog April fools joke

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