deep thoughts on sin taxes and tobacco bans
Some thoughts after the leap…
1. Banning flavored cigarettes has only led to more people purchasing flavored mini-cigars and super-healthy cloves. Increased taxes on cigarette tobacco have led to more people buying pipe tobacco for their roll-your-owns.
2. Damn. I had a second deep thought earlier today and it has since escaped me. On to number 3.
3. Sully: “If pubs served pot rather than beer, violent crime in Britain would plummet.” But who would go to a pub just to smoke pot? Surely that would lead to beer-drinking and the munchies as well….
4. Can we legalize marijuana at the same time as we ban flavored cigarettes? Is there an inconsistency in logic here? Will pot flavors like “bubble gum” be illegal, but less “kid-friendly” ones like “Acapulco Gold” be okay?\
5. Speaking of which, I think we need to make all fruity alcoholic drinks illegal, too. Strawberry daiquiris appeal too much to kids.
6. When I was a kid I accidentally got a glass of the alcoholic strawberry daiquiri instead of the virgin one they’d made for us kids and became quite ill. See? We should definitely ban these – for the children.
7. One potential source of revenue for healthcare reform is from so-called “sin taxes” on things that make people unhealthy. Here’s a question – if we incentivize people to not spend money on these sin items and they get healthier, and we lose all that sin-tax-revenue will government actually voluntarily shrink or will they just look for new sources of revenue?
8. Taxes on beer in Britain’s pubs have caused people to stay home rather than go out, and have led to scary numbers like this one: 52 pubs closing per week in the UK. Isn’t there something wrong with that? Doesn’t that just lead to more atomization of our culture. Instead of people getting together as a community over a pint they stay home in front of their 52″ LCD.
9. I still can’t remember my thought for #2. If you think of it, please let me know.