The following appeared on the front of our local rag:
It is not surprising that cigarettes were the sole target of a recent
Four Square burglary. Due to an aggressive taxation policy cigarettes
are now a valuable commodity beyond the means of many nicotine addicts.
While the thief bears first responsibility for the increasing incidence
of tobacco theft, the government can bear second.
Smoking is legal. The level of taxation has long since surpassed what is
needed to treat smoking-related disease and, yet, further hefty tax
increases are planned for 2015 and 2016.
Political interventions always come with unintended consequences. The
higher the price goes, the greater the incidence of associated crime
Ironically, in an attempt to curb crime associated with heroin addiction
the state dishes out free methadone. The approach to tobacco is a
The village doesn't need security cameras. It needs a nationally
consistent approach to addictive substances administered by a less