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View Diary: Thank You for Smoking?: The President's Pre-K Plan (114 comments)

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  •  Absolutely True...... (7+ / 0-)

    With that in mind, we're already in a situation where smokers are paying extra for health care services consumed by other people (i.e. nonsmoking senior citizens who run up the highest health care bills).  And with every increase in cigarette taxes, smokers pay that much more for health care services disproportionately consumed by others.  It's the best-kept secret in America, and I wonder if politicians who demagogue about "sin taxes" know this and are just cynically taking advantage of a politically unpopular minority for path-of-least-resistance revenue....or if they lack the cognitive thinking skills to recognize that all they are doing is maximizing short-term revenues while maximizing long-term health care costs.

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