Here's some more sad news if you live in IL and smoke. How about a proposed cig tax increase of 75 cents per pack?
I know. If you don't buy your cigs in IL or get MYO cigs, this news doesn't matter to you. It doeesn't matter to me either. But it sure is offensive to have a statewide smoking ban bill signed. And then present a new bill 2 days later about the cig tax increase.
Sounds like IL is on its way of becoming the midwest version of CA. The only difference is there's no IL city where residents are legally allowed to terrorize smokers. I really wish I was playing on legally terrorizing smokers in a CA city called Belmont. But that's the actual case. I hear a smoker can legally get shot and killed in that city.
The anti poison-anda is so strong in IL, this state is doing everything it can to force me and other IL smokers to qut smoking. Raising the prices won't make me quit. Not when I have the option of getting MYOs and buying cigs outta state. And some smokers will continue buying packs from illegal dealers in the streets of downtown Chicago.
A smoking ban definitely won't make smokers quit. The state ban will make smokers more arrogant, vicious, and disobedient. It'll even make owners disobedient by ignoring the new law (particularly businesses in small IL towns). But mills of smokers in IL quitting during 2008 with the new state ban? In your freakin dreams, pal!