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!