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Straight Talk for Teens Young people share views on cigarette tax

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Lauren Forcella

Posted: Friday, June 1, 2012 7:22 am | Updated: 9:03 am, Fri Jun 1, 2012.

Dear Straight Talk: I’m following the ballot proposition to add $1 tax to a pack of cigarettes purchased in California. The tax will be used for researching tobacco-related cancers and illnesses. There are claims that the tax increase will reduce the number of young people who light up. If it helps curb new smokers, I’m all for it, but a friend thinks it’s just another tax on the mostly poor and uneducated. Does your panel think this extra cost will be a deterrent for new smokers? — Curious about the youth perspective in Irvine

Elise, 20, Rexburg, Idaho: I support the tax for cancer research. However, if kids want to smoke, I doubt it will affect their decision.

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  • Ron Werner posted at 3:44 pm on Fri, Jun 1, 2012.

    Ron Werner Posts: 88

    If the backers of Prop 29 really wanted to stop cancer the bill would impose a $1,000 per pak tax not $1.00. This would make cigarette smoking unaffordable and thus eliminate one of the main causes of cancer. But this would also not generate any money for the cancer research companies. So the real intent of this proposition is not to curtail cancer, but to raise money for cancer research. And how did they come up with the amount of $1.00 ? Studies probably showed that people would still consume cigarettes with a $1.00 increase but any more, consuption would drop.
    Once again, this bill is not about people stopping smoking, it is about raising taxes for greedy corporations (albiet they have a nobel cause).

     
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