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cigarette_butt.jpgRecent legislation has pushed cigarette taxes higher nationally as well as in Cook County. Two weeks ago, a pack of Camel Filters might have cost anywhere between $7 and $8. Now a pack is pushing $9. With some of the income being used to pay down Medicaid debt, it's hard to argue against this tax increase on what is essentially a luxury item.

What effects will this price increase have on smokers? Certainly some (hopefully myself included) will use this as an opportunity to quit or cut back, immediately benefiting both wallet and lung capacity. Others will look elsewhere for their fix-- in the collar counties and Indiana in particular.  These factors combined may well decrease revenue for the state.

In other public health related news, apparently KFC (as in the fried chicken joint) is offering to repair Chicago's potholed roads in exchange for some advertising space -- spray painted onto the repair. Mayor Daley is entertaining the offer but holding out for some cash incentives.

There's a lot to think about here-- personal and public health, state revenue, freedom of bodily autonomy, the relationship between corporations and civic space... Do you think the cigarette price jump will significantly affect anything? Will people just buck up and pay the extra money for convenience? What about a private corporation doing the job of a city or state bureau? Can we stand any more advertisements invading our space? 



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I think it is wise to push the price and i observe more and more kids is smoking even though the cigarette price is at $8 per pack.

I think it is wise to push the price and i observe more and more kids is smoking even though the cigarette price is at $8 per pack.

Abbie Mood said:

Hi! I'm actually working on a project to help people quit smoking and support them through it. Check out the website if you're interested!

Harry said:

can i use the picture of the ciggeret in my Cida coursework please?

Janyse said:

I would also like to know if I have permission to use the cigarette picture.

It is no question that Nicotiene is more addicitve than the majority of class A drugs and for this reason and regardless of the price, smokers who are hooked will have little in the way of choices other than coughing up the extra cash (pun intended!).

I also liked the KFC issue - you have to hand it to these large corporations, always first to spot an opportunity and maximise it to its full potential!

Smoking should be banned everywhere...ugh. Saw a movie on Youtube about the amount if tar contained in like 400 cigarettes... Gross!

faultemilie said:

I'm sure the best for you to take huge discount suprisely

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Penny Stocks to Watch said:

Excellent point indeed

 Penny Stocks said:

People are getting smarter

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