tocacco plant Native American Tobaccoo flower, leaves, and buds

tocacco Tobacco is an annual or bi-annual growing 1-3 meters tall with large sticky leaves that contain nicotine. Native to the Americas, tobacco has a long history of use as a shamanic inebriant and stimulant. It is extremely popular and well-known for its addictive potential.

tocacco nicotina Nicotiana tabacum

tocacco Nicotiana rustica leaves. Nicotiana rustica leaves have a nicotine content as high as 9%, whereas Nicotiana tabacum (common tobacco) leaves contain about 1 to 3%

tocacco cigar A cigar is a tightly rolled bundle of dried and fermented tobacco which is ignited so that its smoke may be drawn into the mouth. Cigar tobacco is grown in significant quantities in Brazil, Cameroon, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Indonesia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Sumatra, Philippines, and the Eastern United States.

tocacco Tobacco is an agricultural product processed from the fresh leaves of plants in the genus Nicotiana. It can be consumed, used as an organic pesticide, and in the form of nicotine tartrate it is used in some medicines. In consumption it may be in the form of cigarettes smoking, snuffing, chewing, dipping tobacco, or snus.

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Tax tobacco to death

To avoid drastic cuts in needed programs, the state House is proposing to increase sales and income taxes. These are the two worst taxes that can be increased during a recession, unless their overall goal is to make things worse.

When you increase the sales tax, you cut down on people’s discretionary purchases, and that kills retail and manufacturing jobs. When you increase income taxes on the rich, you effectively tax small businesses more, and that will kill even more jobs, assuming the rich decide to stay around to pay the higher taxes.

Here’s my suggestion for a tax increase that people can literally live with: Instead of killing jobs, kill the sales of a product that kills people. Raise taxes on all tobacco products.

The General Assembly already does not want state employees to smoke (recent State Health Plan bailout), already moved to protect the health of restaurant patrons (recent smoking ban law) and claims that it needs additional revenue to solve the current budget crisis. So why did the House recently reject a tax increase on tobacco products?

We’re told they did not want to add to the tobacco farmers’ burdens. Apparently, the rest of us are on our own.

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