They DO pay taxes on cigarettes. The question is how much of a tax on something moves from a legitimate government interest to flat out over stepping their bounds.
Additionally, any new or updated programs that we created based on the supposed money taken in from a cigerette tax is flawed and should not happen. By tieing it to a program, politicians are doing one of two things.
Taking advantage of the fact that cigerette's are addictive, exploiting those that are addicted to it to bilk them for as much moeny as possible. Now, last I checked, politicians are supposed to be fighting for the rights and well being of smokers as well.
The tax ends up causing many people to stop smoking, thus decreasing the revenue stream, thus showing their original premise that the tax would pay for a program to be false, and thus shifting the burden of said program on all the rest of us tax payers.
Utlimately though, I agree with CC. It was obvious through his statement he was speaking of taxes specific upon a tax bracket. While it may affect the poor MORE, cigerette taxes are NOT taxes based specifically on the amount of money one makes.