Of course smoking is hazardous to your health. We won't argue. For all the lawsuits filed and payments by cigarette makers paid to the states, I've never met a single person who didn't know this.
But some of us like to partake of this age old tradition and the government doesn't have the right to tell us what to do. Well...no right but they do it anyway.
I've been rolling my own for years, have beat the taxes and didn't have to put up with the 599 additives 'approved' by the government for R.J. Reynolds and the rest to use in their product.
Well, no more. I knew the taxes on production cigarettes was going up on April 1st but until today I thought the roll-your-own product was safe from the long arm of the tax law.
Was I wrong. A feature on What Really Happened - Tax Hike has smokers fuming - blew me away in a cloud of smoke. A 2,400 percent increase in the tax on loose tobacco. It's the biggest one time increase on anything I have ever heard of. Once again it's tax the poor to feed the criminal government. I sort of doubt that any of this newly generated money will go to health care for the unlucky ones who have developed smoking problems. It probably will go to the war machine for new and improved ways to kill quickly instead of the slow way tobacco does.
I'm going to give a plug to a good company, Natural American Spirit, one of the few who produces organic and additive free tobacco. With the money crunch they have been doing well. I heard from a dealer that they were having trouble meeting demand. Things may slow up now for them. It looks like the tax increase will be about $8 per 5.29 oz. can.
These 'sin' taxes will never end until we do something to stop them. Great Britain appears to be going to increase taxes on beer and will put a lot of pubs out of business. Alcohol tax increases will be next on the taxers agenda here in the US. There are moonshiners still around in my area and as taxes increase so will they.
Back to smoking.
Quit, pay the price or.......
Grow your own. I'm thinking about doing this.
I grew up working in the tobacco fields and barns so I know a little about it.
The Seedman gives an short overview on how to do it. Seed, organic and non-organic can be obtained through several sources. A search will get you all of the information you need.
Now all of this grow your own stuff may sound good but laws are being passed faster than most of us can keep up with them. If some like HR 875 get passed, the garden nazis may be roaming our backyards.
They may be checking to see if we used any of that bad manure on our crops and asking to see the pesticide poison required for use to keep our food 'safe.'
And if they found a few tobacco plants in the garden, even if legal, they might say we were contaminating the food crops and have to destroy everything.
I shouldn't be surprised at anything our 'guberment' does. They let the criminal pharmaceutical industry, the fast food joints and the factory farms/animal holocaust camps poison the population but smoke a cig...or a joint...
You gotta' pay the price son.
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