Gut Rumbles
 

April 03, 2006

unintended consequences

Here's a "disturbing trend" for you: although cigarette smoking among teens decreased by 30% from 2001 and 2004, teens ARE NOT going smoke-free. Instead of cigarettes, they are puffing stogies now.

What causes that?

A study from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey blames the unhealthy fad on celebrity-backed advertisements. After all, if Demi Moore can smoke a cigar, so can your teen.

I call bullshit! Teens smoke today for the same reason they've always smoked--- they think it makes them look grown-up and cool. Banning cigarette advertisments didn't change this fact and nothing else the nanny do-gooders ban will change it, either. But you can bet your sweet ass they're gonna try, the pricks.

Wanna know the REAL reason teens smoke cigars today? We have government and the nanny do-gooders to thank for it. They taxed the shit out of cigarettes and ended up making cigars a less expensive choice for smoking. So, teens smoke cigars.

You KNOW the fix they'll demand for this problem. We need to start taxing the shit out of cigars, too. It's For The Children, don't ya know.

Bejus. If government spent a fraction of the time, energy and money it wastes trying to dictate personal choices to the citizenry on legitimate government business, we just might have secure borders and no illegal immigration problem.


Comments

New Jersey's Governor Corzine is pushing the tax on a pack of cigarettes up another $0.35. His own studies show this will cost the state around $145 Million when people find new places to buy, some less expensive alternative or just plane quit. At the same time Governor Corzine is decrying a $6 Billion budget deficit. No wonder he is no longer a CEO..

Posted by: joated on April 3, 2006 07:24 PM

it's all a friggin, excuse. Gub'ment will do what they wish to..they just gotta find an excuse to do so.

Teens are NOW smokin' stogies cuz it's a friggin trend...its kewl...i know, i've been told.

So nowwwwwwwwww...its the nanny gub'ments doodie to stop the trend. OH WAIT!!!!!........LETS NOT STOP IT...........LETS TAX IT! OH YEAH, THATS THE TICKET!!!

Posted by: imp on April 3, 2006 08:33 PM

I'be been wondering how good tobacco will grow here and where could I get some seeds. I might just start growing my own chew.

Posted by: GUYK on April 4, 2006 06:58 AM

Call Canada as to the effectivness of excessive taxation on smokes!

but actually I thank for such too.

Do you have any idea hos gawd daaumed fast a bass boat is today?

They can pull close to three digits loaded with smokes with nothing but a tunnel for visual for the operator!

WOW the technology that gets created over our habits!

Notice I did not call it a bad habit, just a habit. Just like drinkin, too much is, well, too much!

Posted by: TC on April 5, 2006 01:10 AM

Most social activists have one failing in common: they have no respect, or even understanding, of the the rights of their fellow citizens.

Posted by: Brett on April 6, 2006 10:06 AM
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