Cigarette Tax Rising

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

The price of cigarettes continues to rise, and starting April 1st, smokers will have to dig even deeper into their pockets before lighting up.

The federal tax is set to go up 62 cents more per pack.

It's all part of the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act to help more children receive health insurance.

However, some say raising the tax on tobacco products isn't the best way to accomplish that.

"The drop is just going to be so significant, it's not gonna happen. It's not gonna pay for child health care, because people have to quit. No one can afford it," Diana Heiss, with Smoker Friendly in Williamstown, said.


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  • by Bill Location: Chardon.Ohio on Apr 8, 2009 at 03:14 PM
    I have been smoking since 1957, cigs were then 12c. a pack, I was 12. Stopped buying cigarettes, many years ago, I make my own. Here in Ohio a carton of B&H 100's with all tax out the door is about 70 bucks. The holy rollers claim sales are down, less people smoking now, YOUR all dumber than a bag of rocks, they go to the reservations, stock up, now trying to tax bagged tobacco,tubes,cigars,etc....?...no wonder this state is broke. TRY taxing Big Macs, you'll make a hell of a lot more money..They aren't going out of state to buy one!!! Really tired of you people....
  • by Stephen Location: Woonsocket R.I. on Apr 6, 2009 at 09:44 AM
    I agree with butch from parkersburg. Why don't they split some of this with alcohol ? Does anyone know where we can go to fight back ?
  • by bon Location: holland on Apr 5, 2009 at 12:37 PM
    SAVE MONEY GROW CANNIBUS
  • by Stephanie Location: Marietta, Ohio on Apr 1, 2009 at 11:28 AM
    Our adult cessation programs and youth prevention programs are NOT funded by American taxpayers. We are funded through grants through the American Legacy Foundation, Sisters of St. Joseph Foundation, and the MMH Foundation. We are able to provide all services at no cost with these funds.
  • by Tobacco Helper Location: Marietta, Ohio on Mar 30, 2009 at 05:42 AM
    Hi There, for all of those who want free help to quit tobacco contact us, we are local and offer free classes, patches, gum, and lozenges, it works...we have had a 65 year smoker quit with us! sdavis@selbygeneral.org
  • by Will on Mar 29, 2009 at 03:04 PM
    I love to smoke. I don't want to but I am hooked. If they are interested in us quiting, why don't they just quit manufacturing and selling them. They are using our addiction as a way to raise tax dollars. Is that fair? Why don't they tax fat people for the amount of food they eat over the amount recommended by the FDA? The fat people are killing themselves the same as smokers. The reason our government is doing this is because smoking is not popular so the people will go along with them. In other words, if the government thought people would not say much, they would take all of our money for worthy causes. People are sheep and deserve what we are getting. We have no way to stop the downfall of this country because we have no voice and we are victims of the powerful.
  • by butch Location: parkersburg on Mar 29, 2009 at 04:48 AM
    i'm sick of the gov taxing cigarettes to death. if they taxed alcohol as bad as they tax smokers, you can bet the drinkers would raise all kinds of cain over it. gov quit picking on smokers and go after someone else. its time for another revolution.
  • by Scott Location: Parkersburg on Mar 28, 2009 at 03:08 PM
    Amen Melissa. let them fund their own kids health insurance.
  • by Melissa Location: Mineral Wells on Mar 28, 2009 at 12:26 AM
    How about this for a solution; Put the tax on childrens clothing, childrens toys, diapers, bibs, cribs, changing tables, blankies, booties, childrens shoes and socks, and what have you, since this tax is going to fund childrens insurance, because I personally do not have children, and it leaves a bad taste in my mouth to have to pay for everybody elses little miracles. If I am going to have a bad taste in my mouth, I'd rather it be from smoking my cigarettes, that I like to smoke. Every year when I pay property tax to the county, it burns me up to see a portion of my tax going to Board of Education because I DON'T HAVE KIDS!!! Now they are taxing tobacco, and I smoke, to fund insurance for children and I DON'T HAVE KIDS!!! Every year when it's time to file income tax, Joe Blow next door, who has six kids, get's a $5000.00 return, he pays in very little, while I have to either pay in or get back very little because I DON'T KIDS!!! Those little miracles are good for something I guess!!!
  • by Andrea' Location: parkersburg on Mar 27, 2009 at 06:19 PM
    ive tried to quit smoking several times and have failed. so i asked my doctor to perscribe me something thatll halp with it because not only can i not afford it with these increases, but its healther. she perscribed me a medication proven to help quit. this medication is almost 200 dollars to fill and my insurance doesent cover it. i have the money to spend 5 dollars a day on cigerettes but i dont have 200$ to get this filled...perhaps the goverment should offer to pay for this perscription so that we will be able to quit. i spoke with many pharmacies and barly any insurances will cover this medication.
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