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increase tax 20,000 percent???!!!

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Bassic83, Jul 18, 2007.


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  1. Bassic83

    Bassic83

    Jul 26, 2004
    Texas, USSA
    Yeah, it's a cigar tax, and yeah it's "for the children", but COME ON! From a nickel up to $10 a stick? That's unheard of, even for third-world corrupt nations...why not tax drumsticks or drumheads instead? :smug:

    I personally enjoy fine cigars, and this proposed tax would put them out of reach of most mere mortals. It would mean that my stogies would shoot up over 150%! Instead of a manageable $10-15 a pop, it would go up to 20-25 a stick! :help: I wonder if my local tobacconist would offer financing at that point?
     
  2. plexibass

    plexibass

    Jun 30, 2005
  3. JNowiski

    JNowiski

    Jan 16, 2006
    Fayetteville/NC
    that is rediculous. I don't smoke cigars often. but if it starts here, soon it'll move on to smokeless tobacco! NOO!!!1
     
  4. Bassic83

    Bassic83

    Jul 26, 2004
    Texas, USSA
    What's next? Bass gear, perhaps? :eek:
     
  5. JNowiski

    JNowiski

    Jan 16, 2006
    Fayetteville/NC
    PORN.
     
  6. wdinc01

    wdinc01

    Nov 19, 2005
    Jacksonville, FL
    Yeah, I think that's really ridiculous. Nothing should be taxed like that for any reason.
     
  7. dinghy

    dinghy

    May 27, 2007
    Saratoga, CA
    We should hijack a ship with tea on it and throw it overboard!
     
  8. Bassic83

    Bassic83

    Jul 26, 2004
    Texas, USSA
    I can deal with the cigarette tax increase recently in Texas (which, interestingly enough, is Taxes spelled sideways ;):D), I live close to Louisiana to head over there and bring back cartons! But this would be nation-wide! Now what, I gotta wait for my cruise every two or three years to have a stogie without having to get a second or third mortgage? Preposterous! :mad:
     
  9. Bassic83

    Bassic83

    Jul 26, 2004
    Texas, USSA
    LOL...Houston is a major port of entry for tea, and coffee as well! Who's up for the ceremonial wearin' o' the feathers? :D
     
  10. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    not the worst idea I've heard. :meh:
     
  11. Whoa, thats not cool. Why such an excessive increase on only cigars? Would it not make more sense to put a smaller tax on cigarettes since so many more cigarettes are sold each year than cigars?
     
  12. burk48237

    burk48237 Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2004
    Oak Park, MI
    It's hard to believe congresses approval rating is at 14% (lower than the presidents). Especially with all the neat sleep-overs, and passing important laws like this for the children.:rollno:
     
  13. Bassic83

    Bassic83

    Jul 26, 2004
    Texas, USSA
    Hell, at this rate, it'll be cheaper to fly to Cuba and get the good stuff...
     
  14. hbarcat

    hbarcat Supporting Member

    Aug 24, 2006
    Rochelle, Illinois

    LOL! I naturally assumed that all that work congress did on the amnesty bill would have gotten their approval numbers through the roof.

    :p
     
  15. hbarcat

    hbarcat Supporting Member

    Aug 24, 2006
    Rochelle, Illinois

    It would, except that they've already piled so many taxes on cigarettes that most of the cost of a pack is tax.

    I don't smoke but I just wanted to give a great big, sincere "THANK YOU" to those who continue to do so, since you are contributing tens of billions of dollars each year in tax revenues toward health programs and other wonderful government funded programs that help children, women, the poor, the elderly, etc..... :hyper:

    And please don't stop smoking, because if you do, those tax revenues go away along with all those government programs.




    :rolleyes:
     
  16. steve21

    steve21 Banned

    Get to Cuba and boat over to Columbia to get the really good stuff.

    Mang.

    Those health taxes probably go to keeping the smokers alive once they develop lung cancer. So really, the cigarette tax is just a future investment for a smoker's health. :p :p
     
  17. Deacon_Blues

    Deacon_Blues

    Feb 11, 2007
    Finland
    Cigars are already more expensive than other tobacco (at least here). I don't see a reason to increase the tax on only cigars, it sound prettu stupid TBH. I don't smoke but I have been doing it occasionally and I would enjoy cigars more if they didn't give me that damn headache that makes me wanna amputate my head. (Happens especially in combination with some great scotch whisky). I didn't put my name on those lists, though...
     
  18. Fender32

    Fender32

    Jun 23, 2005
    Kent, England
    :p I think that you're "barking up the wrong tree" there, DB.

    ;)
     
  19. The basic problem of a tax like that is: why do you pay more tax for more expensive cigars? They are not in any way more unhealthy than cheaper ones, right?

    The tax should not be derived from the price, but from the weight alone. IMO there should be a flat rate of, say, 5$ per 100 grams of tobacco or whatever (I just pulled that number out of my hat). That way the price of most expensive cigars would remain reasonable, since the proportional amount of tax would be smaller.

    This is how alcohol is taxed here in Finland and I think it´s a good system.
     
  20. Deacon_Blues

    Deacon_Blues

    Feb 11, 2007
    Finland
    Hehe... :) But actually, I'm not. Every time I have been smoking, I feel much worse and have a stronger headache the following day. One cigar is much worse for my head than one or two glasses of scotch... The alcohol is gone the following day, but there's some chemicals in the tobacco that stays in the body longer than that and make me feel like crap. However, if I was smoking more regularly, I probably wouldn't feel that bad after a cigar...
     

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