Skip to comments.Public health groups back Obama’s 94-cent cigarette tax hike
Posted on 09/25/2013 11:56:35 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
President Obamas plan to raise the federal cigarette tax by 94 cents a pack would put 2 million low and middle-income kids through preschool, a new report has concluded.
Obamas fiscal 2014 budget proposal calls for a near doubling of the tax, from $1.01 to $1.95 per pack, with the proceeds going toward an expansion of early childhood education. Taxes on other tobacco products would increase proportionally, bringing the estimated additional revenue to an estimated $78 billion over the next decade.
Taken together, these two measures would help ensure a future of smart, healthy kids nationwide and in every state, according to the report, released Wednesday by a coalition of nine public health and legal groups.
In the first year alone, almost 335,000 children from low and moderate-income families would gain access to high-quality preschool programs, the study found. By the 10th year, that number would rise to 2 million.
Less than half of the nations 4-year-olds are enrolled in public preschool programs, according to the study, which cites research showing that kids with access to early childhood education are more likely to go to college, be employed and live a healthy lifestyle.
At the same time, the groups contend that the higher tax would prevent 1.7 million kids from becoming addicted to cigarettes and, in the first year, prompt 1.57 million adult smokers to quit.
This report should compel lawmakers to support the presidents proposal because it demonstrates the dramatic educational and health benefits children in every state would receive, said Chris Hansen, president of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN).
But conservatives have criticized Obamas plan, saying it amounts to a tax on middle-class Americans.
Formerly a smoker himself, Obama was overheard this week saying that he hadnt had a cigarette in six years, citing health-conscious first lady Michelle Obama as the impetus for his quitting.
if the grass roots wanted to realy get some votes, they would work to cancel al the stupid taxes on cig - nobody care and the money does not go for healthcare or research
It’s for the chilluns, future sons of Obama.
Cigarette taxes are already so high they are causing many people to quit. Hence the funding for this new program will be self-terminating.
Won’t be long till they come back and hit us up with an income tax hike “for the children”.
Drango's Dragons ride again! Vincent DiMarco will be pleased.
Nanny State PING!
Didn’t they already hike tobacco taxes for the chilluns through SCHIP?
It’s for the chilluns, future sons of Obama.
So does the growing black market in cigarettes smuggled in from China....
This rather begs a question -
since this will affect the EBT crowd disproportionately,
will they now allow cigs to be bought on EBT?
Thanks for the ping!
If we are making the government dependent on revenue for cigarettes, doesn’t that incent them to keep people smoking?
Keep it up morons ... you’ll have turf wars in Compton to see who will control the black market trading.
LoL! Yep. One of the first laws Obama signed. I remember it because my next door neighbor who is a heavy smoker and voted for Obama because he bought the line that "we needed a change" was rather irate that the first thing Obama did was raise the price of his smokes. All I could do was laugh and remind him he got the "change" he voted for...
Where in the US Constitution does it give the president the power to tax? Forgive me, but did Congress actually write a law that surrendered this power to President Obama? I’m being serious. What’s the legal justification for him to do this?
(I know. I know. Laws are for schmucks these days, but sometimes it pays to at least give the appearance a president is following the law.)
2300% increase in the tax on loose tobacco if I recall.
Grow your own and roll your own.
But if you prevent 1.7 million NEW smokers. Who will pay for the children after them? “QUIT SMOKING! BLEEP THE CHILDREN!” BTW, this is why they’re going crazy over E-Cigarettes.
Nice job Barry...
Just started growing tobacco this year. I hope they pay more for the raw product.
apillar: “All I could do was laugh and remind him he got the “change” he voted for...”
Obamabots never learn. Sometimes I think the best thing that could happen to the country is to let the left create their brave new world. The Obamabots will be some of the first ones to suffer.
Your street dealers will be switching over to untaxed tobacco just about the time pot becomes 100% legal.
Is this the president’s budget that was illegally late and dead on arrival.
This Nazi crap isn’t about “public health”. This is all about the commie ‘RATS’ greed for MORE OF OTHER PEOPLE’S MONEY!!!! If this bull**** was about “public health”, the commies would just ban tobacco as they are trying to do with guns.
Only Liberals could say:
Taxes don’t discourage consumption, but taxing cigarettes does, HOWEVER - these specific new taxes on cigarettes won’t effect use and we’ll bet our education system funding on it.
Talk about smoking something...
He raised the tax on roll-your-tobacco by 2700% almost as soon as he took office.
Not many rich people roll their own, so that tax was totally directed at the poor.
Why don’t the freeloading parents of the “2 million low and middle-income kids” pay to put their own “kids” through preschool? This is BS communism.
No, it would not.
This is not an equitable tax as it will be a tax that targets groups that have the highest rates of smoking.
Those groups are minorities, the poor and the less educated.
There is no telling from how far up their asses these people pulled their numbers.
Personally I hope they tax the crap out of cigs. but politically it would reduce revenue so they should keep them where they are.
PreSchool is not the place for the country’s crumb crunchers. All day kindergarten isn’t either. Our children who have attended all day kindergarten were probably more hindered than helped by the waste of time. Our half day kindergarteners were happy, rested, and given a lot more personal attention than our all day-ers. And the half day-ers were able to happily participate in sporting activities. Our all day-ers are too tired and want to skip practices. That is not a good thing.
But this administration is so full of evil that it does not surprise me that they want to take children into state controlled incompetence.
Let's hope that today's Tea Party patriots win in elections against tax happy politicians.
This is the problem with you people: you never seem to realize that these busybodies will eventually come after something that you like.
However far you might think it was, it was farther than that...
Smokers are already heavily subsidizing state education budgets and they are funding the SCHIP program! Smokers should be given medals and smoking should be encouraged! Think of the revenue that could be raised “for the children.”
Personally, I hope they tax the crap out of something YOU enjoy.
but politically it would reduce revenue so they should keep them where they are.
WRONG - again. The taxes need to be cut by at least half and there will be an increase because the black market won't be quite so lucrative.
Its fo the chilluns to get them on the gov’t tit as early as possible -—pre-school with free breakfast lunch dinner for alls!
The black market on Cigs is coming soon and the new Mafia will be born.
I stopped smoking years ago, but I hope they come after your kids or grandchildren with all kinds of taxes. Maybe they're too fat. Maybe they play contact sports at school and are more of a risk to your obamacare exchange. I don't really care how they do it. Just don't come looking to current or former smokers for help when it's your turn.
Our daughter absolutely LOVED her all day kindergarten and would have preferred more reading time and less time on the playground or in the gym. She played soccer at the time, then went onto baseball and softball, street hockey and dance.
I was freaked out about the all day kindergarten, but my mother considered me lucky because she would have given anything for all day kindergarten when I started in 1965. Of course 2 years later she refused to put my brother in kindergarten because she wasn't ready for him to leave her. Not because HE wasn't ready for school, but because SHE wasn't ready for him to be in school. When he was 21 and accepted into the Police Academy she called me and demanded I come home (I lived in another state by then) to side with her and talk him out of it. It was Christmas and was going back anyway and she did everything but throw me out to make my stay miserable because I congratulated him and wished him good luck.
BTW, that all day kindergartener of mine is now in 10th grade, remains on the Honor Roll (usually with straight A's,) loves her dance, hunts with her dad and works the gardens with me. While I do believe kindergarten, full or half day, should be up to the parents and not the government, I totally disagree with your attitude it is a waste of time and a hindrance.
You are behind the times, by about a decade. There has been a black market for low or no taxed cigarettes for seemingly forever.
I live in Virginia, just 8 miles from the Maryland line, and see the out of state license plates in the tobacco outlets every day. For every Virginia plate in the parking llot there will be at least 10 from Maryland, and another dozen or so from NY, PA and NJ.
Back in the 60s worked in an Ohio auto plant, the parking lot always had guys selling low tax Kentucky cigs out of their car trunks. And this was when the difference was literally pennies per pack.
You’re right. It should be up to the parents. All children are different. I do not think there is added benefit to all day kindergarten other than the convenience for parents and school transportation departments.
I do not think there is added benefit to all day kindergarten other than the convenience for parents and school transportation departments.
You just contradicted your previous statement. As you said, all children are different and my child did benefit from it, as I have already stated. Not all do or did, and that is obvious, but the ones who have parent(s) who looked it as a convenience are the ones that did not benefit - but they are also the ones who wouldn't benefit from the highest priced private education, either.
And the companies that actually produce the product sell it for what? $0.25 per pack?
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