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    Re: House Passes 2009 SCHIP Bill

    Quote Originally Posted by americanwoman View Post
    So what happens when they grow up so healthy they don't smoke and there is no money left to fund the very program that made them so healthy?
    My sentiments exactly. It is one thing to tax something under the guise of discouraging usage and it is another thing to fund a program(especially one with increasing cost) with a shrinking revenue source. Because as soon as tobacco stops producing the desired revenue needed they are going to find something else to increases taxes on.
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    Re: House Passes 2009 SCHIP Bill

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    That's right. You heard it correctly. The Federal government is about to put a 61 cent tax on each pack of cigarettes in order to pay for the SCHIP program. Taxes will also be levied on cigars, smokeless tobacco, and all other tobacco products. This means that, if you are a smoker, or if you chew, the government is going to take more money out of your pocket and give it to someone else.

    Now Bush had his problems (a whole crapload of them), but at least he vetoed this theft of money from taxpayers last year after Congress passed it. But there is a new moneygrubber in town, and his name is Obama.
    My first thought is YAY!! Kids need health care and SCHIP has been a good program. IMO, it needs to be funded.

    The idea of the government targeting smokers gives me pause because I'm not sure of their motives. The article wasn't clear.

    If smokers are being targeted because government is viewing smoking as punishable, then yes, I do have a problem with that reasoning. I'm not keen on the government deciding my morality. That was one of my biggest issues with the Bush administration.

    Right now I'm going to stick with "YAY" because SCHIP is needed so badly.

    I am going to make some calls to try to find out what the reasoning was behind it.


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    Re: House Passes 2009 SCHIP Bill

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    My sentiments exactly. It is one thing to tax something under the guise of discouraging usage and it is another thing to fund a program(especially one with increasing cost) with a shrinking revenue source. Because as soon as tobacco stops producing the desired revenue needed they are going to find something else to increases taxes on.
    Then good? If a large majority of the country's children one day grow up under a specific standard, then their respective children will probably not need the program that their parents went through.

    And I'm all for taxing smokers, personally. Should one group have to suffer for no apparent reason? No, but there is a reason here and I'd consider it payback since smokers put pollutants into the air that we all breathe in, not just them. There's second-hand AND third-hand smoke that are quite dangerous and lowers life expectancy. Why should they be taxed for something that doesn't benefit them? Why should I have to breathe their polluted air?

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    Re: House Passes 2009 SCHIP Bill

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    Because it takes money from one group of citizens and gives it to another. That is clearly a form of Socialism.
    Isn't that what taxing people in general does?

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    Re: House Passes 2009 SCHIP Bill

    Quote Originally Posted by Shewter View Post
    In washington they placed a ban on smoking in resteraunts, bars, and lounges. 4 pubs and 2 small resteraunts shut down for lack of business.
    Is that number of businesses that closed supposed to be "high"?

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    Re: House Passes 2009 SCHIP Bill

    Quote Originally Posted by aps View Post
    Is that number of businesses that closed supposed to be "high"?
    That's funny, because I have two friends who own restaurants and they tell me business is UP since the recent ban on smoking in restaurant and other public spaces took effect in Taiwan a little more than two weeks ago.
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    Re: House Passes 2009 SCHIP Bill

    I, personally, would be more likely to go to a restaurant that didn't have smoking than one that did. Although it takes forever to get that stench out of the walls, floor, etc. I don't even see why smokers want to be in an environment like that. It's not like breathing smoke in that manner is enjoyable for anyone. I'm sure if smokers wanted to be "breathing smoke" they'd be puffing their own ciggs, not leeching off people's leftover waste smoke.

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    Re: House Passes 2009 SCHIP Bill

    Quote Originally Posted by sazerac View Post
    Children being educated benefits society as a whole.

    How does children being healthy benefit society as a whole? The idea that some childless smoker has to pay for someone who makes $50,000 a year kids' doctor's check ups is outrageous.

    Now would be a good time to write a book about growing your own tobacco.
    Stopping education money from being wasted? For example you can have a smart kid, but because he doesn't get the health care he needs he will be sick for two years. This means both that he can't concentrate in class but also miss a lot of lessons. That means he will be far behind the other kids and don't get in to college even if he has the brains for it.

    If a child doesn't get proper health care it can also increase the risk that his illness becomes chronic. This means that he will hard time with a regular job and making a carrier then he grows up because of the illness. This means that education he has gotten isn't used efficiently.

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    Re: House Passes 2009 SCHIP Bill

    Quote Originally Posted by ludahai View Post
    That's funny, because I have two friends who own restaurants and they tell me business is UP since the recent ban on smoking in restaurant and other public spaces took effect in Taiwan a little more than two weeks ago.
    That doesn't surprise me in the least.

    To summarize, numerous studies using objective measures of economic activity have been done over the past 10+ years looking at the impact of local, state, or national smoke-free policies on restaurants, bars, and tourism. From small towns such as West Lake Hills, Texas,52 to large cities like New York,38,53,54 in states as diverse as Arkansas,55 Oregon,56 and Texas,57 the vast majority of studies find that there is no negative economic impact of clean indoor air policies, with many finding that there may be some positive effects on local businesses (see Scollo and Lal58 for a comprehensive review of studies published through mid-2005). While the early evidence is mixed on the impact on gaming establishments, the recent expansion of smoke-free policies to cover these venues will provide new natural experiments for researchers to examine.

    The Economic Impact of Clean Indoor Air Laws -- Eriksen and Chaloupka 57 (6): 367 -- CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians
    This article provides footnotes on the various studies that have been conducted addressing the economic impact of smoke-free air laws. It's very interesting.

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    Re: House Passes 2009 SCHIP Bill

    Quote Originally Posted by ludahai View Post
    So, are you then against ALL excise taxes?

    No more gasoline taxes?
    No more rooms/meals taxes?

    Etc.....
    For the most part, it depends on what the taxes go to fund. Say gas tax goes to roads and bridges and such, that's mostly going to be appropriate (assuming the tax isn't too high). Taxing smokers to pay for child's health care...no, that's no where close to appropriate.
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