But he thinks it's a minor issue when we look at the national ecomony pic.
Last time I checked, if busineses throughout the nation are closing down cause of smoking bans (and I brought up that list of closed businesses due to smoking bans in the US AND Canada), that has an effect on the national economy. Not just the local economy.
And it's obvious this bad news on the increase of fed tobacco taxes and the SCHIP topic ain't gonna make the national economy betta. It will make it worse.
The govt is spending too much time focusing on one group of Americans (smokers), and I think SOLVING the nation's economy problems is a MUCH BIGGA issue than trying to put smokers in the poor house by making every tobacco product as expensive as he!!.
I agree with someone on smokinglobby who hinted PM is playing a role in encouraging politicians to vote YES on the fed tobacco tax incresse. PM doesn't want their Marlboro smokers to switch to smoking cheap RYOs/MYOs (or Native brands for that matta). PM wants to make loose tobacco VERY expensive so those smokers will have no choice but to smoke the sh!++y FSC Marlboros (and otha PM-made brands too).
If PM thinks a Marlboro smoker is gonna have second thoughts about switching to making his/her own cigs, that smoker might actually just quit or look into growing his/her own tobacco. Those PM mothas would STILL lose lots of money if their smokers decided to quit than switch.
I don't like the idea of people quitting smoking based on this bad news from DC. You shouldn't let the govt tell you how to live. But at least the idea of EVERY Big Tobacco smoker quitting or switching to alternatives to getting/making cigs would send a message to PM as well as the politicians.
Hey how about that? My first in-depth post without a sigle indirect reference to race for making my point. The way the govt focuses on smokers without focusing on the REAL issues in America is actually worse than the amount of negative attention "we" get day afta day.