Reaction To Proposed Cigarette Tax Increase

A big part of Governor Beverly Perdue's budget is her proposal to raise cigarette taxes by $1.00 per pack to $1.35 and a five-percent tax surcharge on alcohol.

So what do people think about the proposed tax hike?

Smoker Sam Douglas of New Bern says may cost him his habit. "With prices going up it will probably just cause me to quit altogether. I think it's a rip off. Times are tough, I've just been laid off from where I work. It's just a huge rip-off for people."

But not all feel like Douglas. Elizabeth Stott of New Bern just had a baby and believes stamping out the habit is a good direction for the future. "I think it's a nasty habit and it's not really good for you obviously, so do I think it's a good thing."


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  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Aug 4, 2010 at 04:53 PM
    Anonymous on Aug 4, 2010 at 06:53 PM, I think you figured what I figured out, this is the pathway to be used to make new taxes based on health and whatever the government deems risk. We will hear a lot of whines when fast food tax comes.....
  • by Anonymous on Aug 4, 2010 at 03:53 PM
    Put a sales tax on the lotto and scratch off that are sold. Be creative !
  • by Anonymous on Aug 4, 2010 at 03:50 PM
    hate cig smoke Location: no smoking nc on Mar 18, 2009 at 06:28 PM ..Well dear you shouldn't have to be around smoke in the state of NC,,no not on your job.Is there any company or workplace that allows smoking in enclosed areas any more?I can deal with the smoking,but there are a lot of other habits that people have that are more unbearable. Maybe the government should tax some of the ill mouths and bad attitudes that others have to put up with in the work arena.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 4, 2010 at 03:40 PM
    What the ? This government cannot control the drug problems in this state and they are going to tax a legal substance and those that work will have to pay more ! Tobacco is addictive ..you people are using someone's addiction to make money,just like the companies you claim to be villains preying off the users of these products. Somebody needs to get real.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Aug 17, 2009 at 07:22 AM
    Bev is a hypocrits, hypocrit. She raises prices on cigarettes and then signs a bill to ban smoking in bars. Well, no new taxes on the poor and middleclass? Now that is a lie. Who do you think are the ones that smoke? The poor, working class, took the biggest hit. Obama, pretty sure said he would not increase the taxes on those over 250K? Another "chosen ones" lies. And for NC people, most of us don't care about second hand smoke. Just because the sheep have been taught it is dangerous, most of us know its not.
  • by gaetano Location: texas on Jul 10, 2009 at 02:00 AM
    Hi to all non smokers.How many of you non smokers have children going to school. I am a smoker and do not have children but every year I have to pay a school tax for your kids.If you ever say a word to me about smoking,I will not only blow smoke directly into your face ,I will also whip your a%%,even if you are a women.
  • by James Location: Jackson, TN on Apr 1, 2009 at 06:39 PM
    I don't think more tax is the answer. I smoke that's my choice but since they raised taxes on cigerettes I may quit. only thing tho, if you can raised tax on cigerettes you need to get this economy going so I can find something to keep me busy. Oh you can't do that, well, we'll see about findinng you a new job come election time.
  • by Jon Location: NC on Mar 30, 2009 at 11:02 PM
    Governor Perdue’s Proposed Cigarette Tax Increase is Outrageous. The outrage over this proposed cigarette tax hike is being felt statewide because the increase will exacerbate the decline in legal cigarette sales by retailers all across North Carolina since it comes on the heels of the single largest federal tax increase on cigarettes in the history of the United States. By piling on another $1.00 per pack in state cigarette tax to the $.62 per pack federal tax increase that goes into effect on April 1st, legal cigarette sales in North Carolina are estimated to plummet as much as 25%. This steep drop in sales is based on the U.S. Treasury Department’s estimate that a 10% increase in the price of cigarettes results in a 4% to 5% decline in sales. The cumulative price increase from the federal cigarette tax hike and the additional $1.00 per pack proposed by Governor Perdue equates to a 50% price increase which translates into a 25% reduction in sales.
  • by Donna Location: PA on Mar 30, 2009 at 07:31 PM
    Come on people where do all of you non smokers think the money will come from if the smokers quit smoking? Do you know how much money the government makes off of smokers??? Are you sure you want to pay that? It will have to come from somewhere.
  • by debi Location: orlando on Mar 30, 2009 at 11:27 AM
    Hi hate people who hate. They didn't raise cigarette taxes because of your health. They wanted the money. What about that car you get into everyday? Just as nasty and dangerous drunk or not!!!!
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