View Full Version : Cigarette Taxes Fund Terrorism!!!

Matt Collins
06-05-2008, 06:11 PM
"While it's politically popular to impose confiscatory taxes on America's 40 million tobacco smokers, there are a number of consequences one might consider, but let's start out with a quiz. If a carton of cigarettes sells for $160 in New York City, and $35 in North Carolina, what do you predict will happen? If you answered tons of cigarettes will be going up I-95 from North Carolina to New York City, go to the head of the class. ....

"Who is most likely to engage in cigarette smuggling? It's a mixed answer, but for the most part, organized smugglers will be people with a high disregard for the law. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has found that Russian, Armenian, Ukrainian, Chinese, Taiwanese, and Middle Eastern (mainly Pakistani, Lebanese, and Syrian) organized crime groups are highly involved in the trafficking of contraband and counterfeit cigarettes. What's worse is the ATF found that some of these groups use the money to provide material financial assistance to terrorist groups such as Hezbollah and Hamas."


06-05-2008, 06:22 PM
In related news, SC Governor Mark Sanford vetoed a cigarette sales tax hike :D

Cigarette tax plan dead under Sanford veto
source (http://thestatecom.typepad.com/ygatoday/2008/05/cigarette-tax-2.html)

The House failed to overturn a veto issued by Gov. Mark Sanford Tuesday, killing a 50 cents a pack cigarette tax advocates say would have helped 80,000 South Carolinians attain health care.

Sanford vetoed the tax because he wanted the Legislature to cut taxes elsewhere by an equal amount. The House failed to uphold the veto because it could not agree on how the estimated $159 million would be spent.

House lawmakers engaged in hours of heated debate that centered on race and class divisions. Some House members supporting the veto did not want the money to go toward expanding Medicaid, which pays for health care for the poor.

06-05-2008, 06:37 PM
I can't find the article now but some U.S. Internet cig company was forced to turn over their client list and some people who purchased the cigs were forced to pay the Wa State taxes on the cigarettes they purchased from the internet company. One guy was assessed over 8k back taxes.

I would suspect the organizations selling cigs over the internet would be the real problem. For instance, a person can buy cigs really cheap over the internet in Russia. Marlboro's for $12.99 per carton :eek: