Post of the Day
April 16, 1998
From our AOL
Philip Morris Board
Subject: Life, the Universe and Everything...
A lot has been addressed on this board, and it is time to combine it all into a single coherent arguement that results in favor of tobacco. But instead of writing a treatise or such, I will simply bullet point salient issues. I will let each of you think about each one seperately...
- Government (local, state and federal combined) makes more on the sale of a pack of cigarettes than the cigarette manufacturer.
- The proposed tobacco tax increases provide a great deal of funding for new education initiatives, health care for the uninsured, and new highway construction -- substansial amounts of the revenue from the proposed tax increase do not go toward funding programs related to reducing smoking, or reducing underage smoking.
- There has been very little, if any, mention of enforcement of underage smoking laws. Unlike beer, where minors are carded when trying to buy to discourage and prevent underage drinking, politicians think that dramatic price increases will result in such reductions.
- Raising the price hurts majors. Adults would have to pay more money for cigarettes, and they are buying because they choose to.
- The more politicians and health advocates try to make smoking "outlawed" the more underage people are going to start to smoke. Through renewed government pressure to convince "our children" that smoking is a bad thing, the more of a rebellious act it becomes -- minors are rebellious.
I think you all get the point. What is happening here is wrong, and we must all do our part and vote anyone out of office who votes against tobacco.
- Parental responsibility has flown out the window. Government is no longer Big Brother, it is assuming the role of Mother and Father as well.
- When the government (whether state or federal) is losing to Tobacco, it simply changes the laws. Look to the latest instance evident in the Maryland case, where the Maryland state legislature passed a law that makes it *easier* for the state to sue tobacco. (Page B7 of 4/14 Wall Street Journal)
- The McCain bill was arrived at without involving the tobacco industry throughout the bill's drafting. There was no direct tobacco industry participation.
- Advertising would, in effect, be censored. As Mr. Goldstone pointed out, the camel logo would be banned because it appeals to children. Government would decide what is "proper" advertising for the public to see.
- The industry is willing to pay $60 billion in punitive damages for past wrongdoing. And is willing to pay up to another $300 billion for Medicare reimbursements to the states for 25 years. That isn't enough?
Good luck to my fellow longs,