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Me thinks sexy is a smoker.

Anyway, smoking is a addiction to a vice, being a child who fought their way to the boarder, just to find a better life, wasnt a choice to become addicted to a harmful chemical.

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I'm surprised that more liberals don't rally behind smokers, as cigarette taxes are very regressive. Most smokers are in the lower income brackets and spend a substantial amount of their income making themselves less healthy and costing the rest of us a lot of money.

I never buy cigarettes so I need to ask someone else or google it every time I want to know what they cost. My brother smokes a carton a week, which is about $85 in Ontario where he lives. So he spends about $4,400 a year on smokes while bitching that he can't afford even a cheapo car. He's probably blown $70k on smokes through his life so far plus untold money on alcohol and pot.

All this aside - obviously this $23 billion nonsense isn't going to stick. If it did every tobacco company would be bankrupt in a week. Juries are fucking stupid, composed mostly of stupid people . The lawyers do this on purpose to stack juries with mushy easily influenced minds incapable of seeing through bullshit.

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By George, there is hope for the Professor! Tax the smokers! Keep that money for their health care coverage when they get cancer. We could also tax those who want to take care of all those kids Obama is allowing to border jump, too. They could pay about $150,000 per kid, the estimated cost to naturalize them, and pay for their schools, and their meds. Oh and lets tax all those who want to pay the freight of those ladies who get pregnant with yet more kids, with no father for support. Seems fair to pay for what you support? Right?

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Even I must give on this issue, we have know that smoke kills for well over a hundred years. We have known that smoking tobacco is addictive, and while I dislike the tobacco companies, I am unable to support large or small suits for anyone under the age of fifty.

Inhaling anything can become addictive, the chemical change itself can be addictive to some... We cannot ban cooking in the back yard and inhaling that smoke too, can we? What about the O2 depletion one feels when chocked? For a time, kids were becoming addicted to that feeling.

This all said, I think we need to seriously consider a national health care tax on smoking. So to pay for the damage smoking will do to the poor (we pay for it anyway, might as well force the addicted to pay for the damage they do to themselves and others)

The only real capitalist argument against this tax, could be that if we price smoking tobacco too high, the addicted will turn to smoking other things. To which I would reply that an addict will do what an addict will do. Oh and a second tax for rehab centers. Yep, all forms of vice should come with a tax for the rehab centers we need, thanks to the addictive nature vice holds upon us.

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Maybe it could be true that anybody taking up smoking today could be thanked for improving the intelligence level of our Gene Pool.

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"Are we still on this kick? Do we really still have people who think that cigarette smoking is safe?"

Bet on it, the Republican Party will decry this and bemoan the loss of industry....

...and the band played on....

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Anyone who ever thought it was okay to breath smoke is an idiot anyway.

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I'm sure some here will disagree with this, but.... my comments after the ---- including a story about stupid teenagers.

A Florida jury has slammed the nation's No. 2 cigarette maker, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., with $23.6 billion in punitive damages in a lawsuit filed by the widow of a longtime smoker who died of lung cancer in 1996.

The case is one of thousands filed in Florida after the state Supreme Court in 2006 tossed out a $145 billion class action verdict. That ruling also said smokers and their families need only prove addiction and that smoking caused their illnesses or deaths.

Last year, Florida's highest court re-approved that decision, which made it easier for sick smokers or their survivors to pursue lawsuits against tobacco companies without having to prove to the court again that Big Tobacco knowingly sold dangerous products and hid the hazards of cigarette smoking.

"The jury wanted to send a statement that tobacco cannot continue to lie to the American people and the American government about the addictiveness of and the deadly chemicals in their cigarettes," said one of the woman's attorneys, Christopher Chestnut.

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Are we still on this kick? Do we really still have people who think that cigarette smoking is safe?

OK - actually, yes we do. Our daughter's idiot friend began smoking about 4 years ago, because someone showed her a pack of cigarettes claiming they were not addictive, and thus they could smoke them and everything would be fine. Her and about 3 other friends (not our daughter) began smoking.

When I heard about this, I asked to see one of these packs. "See? Right there. It says "Addictive Free"."

I looked at it. "It says ADDITIVE-free, not "addictive"." They just stood there and stared at me.

One of them stammered out "Well, if they haven't added anything to them, they aren't addictive, right? They add stuff to cigarettes to make them addictive, don't they?"

Oi. Now they are all smokers, except our daughter, who thankfully doesn't just accept every stupid thing people tell her.

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Funny how the white house has time to get someone involved in something like this. This is the kind of thing that fuels racism. Some idiot makes his float then it gets blown all out of proportion and becomes news.

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1st Amendment Free Speech is only available to the liberals, Andrew. "Time, place, and manner" restrictions have now been supplemented with left wing political correctness.

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