I was sent an interesting little piece last night. Thanks Claudia.
Well, I know quite a lot about tobacco taxes as I am forced to pay them into the grubby paws of a gubmint that needs only the merest of excuses to fleece me some more. But let’s see what this twat has to say about them.
Tobacco use is the leading cause of non-communicable diseases like cancer, heart disease, and stroke.
Yeah yeah yeah.. Same old headline. Same old rhetoric.
Every year, about six million people worldwide die from tobacco use, with the vast majority of deaths in low- and middle-income countries.
So? About fifty five million people die each year so only a small fraction are attributable to smoking? And what exactly would you like those smokers to die from?
A feck it… Let’s skip the tedious propaganda and get on with the five points.
1. Raising taxes on tobacco works.
That depends on what you mean by “works”. It financially penalises people for doing something that’s quite legitimate. It forces them into stopping something that they would otherwise enjoy. It is victimisation of a sector of society based on pseudo-religious claptrap and completely ignores the rights of the individual.
2. Raising taxes on tobacco benefits the most vulnerable.
Right. So you waffle on about smoking being most prevalent in low to middle income groups and then state that forcing them to pay more money benefits them? Somehow taxing the most vulnerable makes them less vulnerable?
Therefore, increasing taxes are an effective way to not only help people in low-income groups to quit, but also to reduce socioeconomic health disparities as their need for increased health care declines.
No it doesn’t “help” them to quit – it forces them to quit, you sanctimonious cunt.
3. Increasing tobacco taxes generates new government revenues
Of course it does and that’s why gubmints love doing it. And please explain to me in words of one syllable why this is a good thing? Tax is legitimised robbery and you are condoning it? It is somehow a good thing? Good for the gubmint, maybe, but that’s all.
4. Even smokers support tobacco tax increases!
Of course we do. We love paying more and more. If we didn’t pay tobacco taxes we would just queue outside Inland Revenue begging them to take more of our income.
Not surprisingly, a majority of the public supports tax increases on tobacco products.
A majority of the public don’t smoke so they couldn’t give a shite. They’d be just as happy to see any minority group pay extra taxes. Let’s pile taxes on idiot doctors!
And in fact, most smokers regret ever starting and many try to quit each year, so it makes sense that a significant proportion of smokers actually support tobacco tax increases.
That’s not a fact – it’s an old flawed statistic. So your statement that “smokers support taxes” is in fact a supposition based on rhetoric.
5. When revenues from tobacco taxes are used for tobacco control, tobacco use declines even more.
And here’s the crunch – we support tobacco taxes if they are given to us to line our pockets.
The fucking hypocrisy of these people is just beyond belief.