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Yes, that's true No, just more taxes
Debate Score:6
Total Votes:6
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 Yes, that's true (3)
 No, just more taxes (3)

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Cigarette Taxes: Do they really want you to quit smoking?

I heard the other day that another $2.00 tax will be put on cartons of cigarettes here in Connecticut.  Do you really think they want us to stop smoking or do you think it's just an easy hit on the smokers for more taxes?

Yes, that's true

Side Score: 3

No, just more taxes

Side Score: 3
1 point

I'm not sure what part of the argument "yes that's true" is referring to, but I'll guess that it's "they want people to quit smoking."

I don't have the numbers, but I'm guessing the cost of cigarette related health problems toward the end of life cost far more than the amount brought in through cigarette taxes.

I could be wrong, but I think the government saves more money if everyone quits, than they make off the taxes.

Side: Yes, that's true
1 point

Well I would call it a win-win situation for the government

By taxing they win by getting more money which is then invested back into the public i.e. the whole point of taxes.

By taxing they win by getting people to slow down if not quit smoking altogether.

Only people who loose are smokers and nobody gives a shit about them.

Side: Win Win

The high taxes on cigarettes is a way for States to rake in more revenue, however, it isn't fair to single out cigarettes for taxation purposes.

Side: Yes, that's true
1 point

this is just another tactful plan that actually has 2 way benefits to the government.

but the main target is to get money ofcourse.

The main ponit to be noted that there are a lot of people who live on cigerates rather than on food!

and this is a weapon to get some money on this "health - crap" Basis!

Side: No, just more taxes
1 point

I believe it is all just more taxes. I have done extended research on the topic and have not found any statistics that show the percentage of people smoking has decreased with new taxes.

Side: No, just more taxes

I think it's just another way to collect more taxes. The government doesn't really want you you to stop smoking. They collect millions of dollars of taxes every year that you do...and if they did, why is it that I've never even seen a brochure advocating less use of tobacco sent by the government? Or programs that are available free of charge, paid for by tax dollars to get you to quit smoking. I think it's a bunch of crap, pure and simple.

Side: No, just more taxes