I’m all for cigarette taxes and believe as a general proposition that the more you tax something, the less you get of it. Yet, cigarette taxes aren’t a panacea and can have terrible consequences as laws are enforced on the streets of America. Eric Garner was killed because he
was selling loose cigarettes, out of packs without Tax Stamps. NYPD officers approached Garner and enforced the law. Garner was suffocated to death. What is the reality of the events that brought police officers into enforcement contact with a man selling loose cigarettes in
21st Century America. Black markets are created when products are scarce, prohibited or excessively taxed. All drive organized crime activity. When government takes actions that will drive smuggling and black market activity it is worth a minute to think about the Eric Garners
Of the world who wind up paying disproportionately. Sometimes with their lives.

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