For the first time in five years, state lawmakers are looking at raising the tax on a pack of cigarettes by $1.
The additional revenue would go to fund health care programs in Georgia, said Rep. Ron Stephens, a Republican from Savannah sponsoring the legislation.
In effect, we are admitting that tobacco usage should be discouraged, so we’re going to tax it to curb its usage, while creating a dependency between the state and tobacco users who will fund our healthcare.
So, to get people over a tobacco addition, we’re going to get the state addicted to tobacco revenue to fund health care related costs. This is sheer genius.