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New York City Wants To Raise Legal Tobacco Age From 18 To 21

Big, paternalistic government taking yet another step toward infantilizing Americans. At 18 you’re old enough to fight in wars, enter into legal contracts, be tried as an adult for crimes and drive in cars but in New York City they want to make it so you’re too young to choose to smoke a cigarette. The

America Has Tobacco Prohibition Through Regulation

Most Americans don’t like tobacco use. That’s why state after state, city after city, has passed increasingly aggressive bans on tobacco use. The proponents of this sort of policy bristle when they’re called prohibitionists, but they really are. Their goal isn’t public health. Their goal is to limit the choices you and I can make.

Mummies Had Clogged Arteries, Nanny Statists Hardest Hit

The basis for government laws regulating unhealthy foods and drinks, up to and including New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s ban on large sugary drinks which is in effect starting tomorrow, is the idea that they cause problems such as heart disease. But new research into mummies indicates that heart disease was a problem for human

Nanny Statism Versus Artistic Freedom

In Minnesota there is a statewide smoking ban, but that ban contains an exemption for theatrical productions. If you’re in a play or some other sort of performance you’re allowed to smoke on stage. But now the nanny statists, whose appetite for the eradication of habits they dislike seems unquenchable, want to close that loophole

Video: Democrats Argue In Favor Of Burdening Poor With Tax Hikes For Their Own Good

Yesterday the North Dakota House voted down HB1387 which would have instituted a 127% tax hike on cigarettes. The bill failed on by 19 – 72 vote margin, but the debate was interesting. Rep. Glen Froseth, arguing against the bill, noted that tax hikes on tobacco use disproportionately burden the poor. But Rep. Eliot Glassheim,

A Tobacco Tax Hike More Likely To Inspire Smuggling Than Quitting

Grand Forks Rep. Eliot Glassheim has introduced a bill, HB1387, which would represent a massive 127% tax hike on cigarette sales. The excise tax would go from $0.44/pack to $1.00/pack. Glassheim says that he expects the tax hike to raise $59 million in new revenue for the state, but that his goal isn’t so much

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