Roll-Your-Own Cigarette Stores Pay Price For Encroaching On Big Tobacco's Turf
A rider is passing through Congress which will increase taxes on roll your own cigarette stores.
Talked about Pros:
-"The roll your own cigarette stores are a tax loophole," says Senators and Congressmen and Phillip Morris.
-We need taxes, got a budget problem.
-It's a bad addiction.
-My daddy died from smoking, screw Tobacco!
Talked about Cons:
-It's a regressive tax, poor people smoke more.
-It's just big Tobacco snuffing out the competition and stepping on the little guy.
What's not being talked about.
Big Tobacco Cigs have higher nicotine content, they soak paper in nicotine and then mix it in with the tobacco. So while roll your own cig stores might be half the cost they also probably only have half the nicotine, and if that's the case then this is just another case of Big Tobacco maintaining their market share because nobody is going to pay the same price for half the nicotine.
People smoking with these roll your own cigs are inadvertantly subjecting themselves to less nicotine, and therefore less addiction. In a way this new upstart industry helps stop smoking.