Kevin of Preemptive Karma is upset at Oregon Governor Kulongoski for proposing a cigarette tax because many low income folks are smokers. But what’s wrong with a sin tax? If people don’t want to pay it, there’s a simple freaking solution that will help them personally and lower the state’s health care costs: quit smoking. Kulongoski isn’t taxing an essential like food or medicine.
(For those of you who don’t know my mother was a long time smoker who had a heart attack at 45 and quit smoking from right then to present)