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Against tobacco tax

By Rudy McGillvray


August 02, 2015
Sunday PM

Lest someone accuse me of taking 'the easier path', I as a former user of tobacco and other nicotenic products am against this proposed tobacco tax. For a couple of reasons, one, if you end up with your cigarettes and associated products costing what they do in the lower 48 you will have set up a mechanism for the importation of black market tobacco. And, who will enforce the tax? It will cost you more to enforce the tax than you will gain in revenue. Think before you act, Ketchikan councils.

Remember what prohibition did for marijuana and personally I think that making tobacco more expensive would effectively do the same for tobacco. As did the tax on cannabis. Which when instituted price it out of the market, made its untaxed status illegal, and caused the formation of a means of importation that paid not one thin dime into the tax coffers of the country, and yet anybody who wanted some, had very little trouble getting as much as he liked.

So I would say, in conclusion, "be careful of what you wish for, you just may get it."

Thank you, Mr. Elliot, for giving me an opportunity to express my view.

Yours in less taxes, more revenue,

Rudy McGillvray
Ketchikan, Alaska


About: "I am a 70 year long-time resident of Ketchikan and Alaska. I am saved by my LORD and SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST and right-thinking individual."

Received July 27, 2015 - Published August 02, 2015



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