I’m against cigarette taxes. It’s foolishness. The money was supposed to fund things like “saving the children”, but that’s not where the money goes. Even if it did, its a stupid idea to tie something like health care for kids to smoking. If enough people quit, where will the money come from?
As it is, with the money going right into the general fund, every government would be screwed if enough people quit. The state of Maine collected 150 million dollars from cigarettes in 2008. If everyone quit, do you suppose spending would be cut? No of course not, taxes would go up someplace else.
With sin taxes funding every state in the country and everyone clambering to raise them all of the time, whats being created is a huge chunk of revenue that eventually won’t be there. Like I said, you can bet your ass that spending is not going to be cut, taxes on everyone else are going to be raised.
So go ahead, tax the smokers for a behavior that doesn’t really affect you. Tax them into oblivion. You just wait until it goes too far and the money isn’t there.