No on Amendment 72 to increase tobacco taxes??
I've been a bit curious, well, perhaps annoyed with the multiple flyers and TV ads I see almost daily saying "vote NO on amendment 72 to increase tobacco taxes." More flyers on this than any other single political issue.
A bit of checking shows that "Vote NO on 72" is "supported" by Altria Client Services LLC. Altria Group (renamed from Phillip Morris Companies) is one of the world's largest producers and marketers of tobacco, cigarettes and related products, annual revenue $24.5 billion. It is the parent company of Philip Morris and includes other many brands such as Benson & Hedges, Chesterfield, Copenhagen, L&M, Marlboro, on and on. http://www.noonamendment72.com/ Altria is said to have contributed $5 million to this campaign.
I celebrate & support people's freedom to vote as they choose. I'm sure there are a number of perspectives on this issue.
But for me, I'll vote to support the health and life of even a single person over protecting the profits of Phillip Morris.
"In 2002, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that each pack of cigarettes sold in the United States costs the nation more than $7 in medical care and lost productivity, around $3400 per year per smoker. Another study by a team of health economists finds the combined price paid by their families and society is about $41 per pack of cigarettes." [wikipedia topic tobacco_smoking]