Now it's a monster and will not obey...

by mindpilot @, la Playa Buenavista, Sunday, June 05, 2022, 07:21 (31 days ago) @ jay

these things are sinful, and even though legal, partakers should still face some kind of punishment. Just make 'em pay a small fine up front.

Taxation is used more for deterrence than punishment. In the 60's 45% of Americans smoked; today it's 15%, mostly due to the high costs of smoking. It seems that high taxes in this case are a pretty effective deterrent.

Which is how Eric Garner got shot for selling singles

For the record Eric Garner was strangled by a cop, not shot.'s so easy to get the specifics of excessive force confused.

What you say is correct. A $10 pack of smokes is certainly a deterrent to a 14-year-old. however, I believe--as is the case with seatbelts--education has played a far greater role than taxes or fines.

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