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28th May
2009
written by Sean Noble

Arizonans are smoking less, or rather, fewer Arizonans are smoking.  Regular smokers fell from nearly 20% of the population to just under 16% – which amounts to about a 20% drop in smokers.

That’s good news.  But it’s only one side of the story.

If there has been a 20% drop in smokers, then it would seem to me that there has been about a 20% drop in the revenues collected by those who smoke (or used to).  Guess what?  That is having an impact on our state budget – particularly health care funding.

So, what will the nanny-state do-gooders tax next to make up for lost revenue?  Hope you aren’t addicted to soda!

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2 Comments

  1. Mike Gardner
    28/05/2009

    Sugared beverages are next. There is a proposal being discussed in Congress now on this topic. Good thing Obama is only going to raise taxes on the rich. Ha.

  2. Jill
    28/05/2009

    People better stop smoking, because the nanny-state isn’t touching my Coke Zero!

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