Friday, November 27, 2015

Who Still Smokes?

The Sacramento Bee looks at how many people still smoke in California. As has been pointed out here and eslewhere before, smoking has decline significantly over the years:

"About 11 percent of the state's teens and adults smoked in 2014, down from 15 percent in 2003, according to the California Health Interview Survey. That translates to about 3.4 million current smokers."

So you have to wonder why they're still being attacked? I think I'm totally correct in that regard. Smokers, being one of the smallest and least affluent groups in our society are thus least able to defend themselves. Most people have no problem attacking people who can't defend themselves so they'll attack smokers simply because they can. It's simple human nature.

The question remaining being how are they going to fund things being funded by tobacco taxes when there's not enough smokers left and that source dries up?

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At 9:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To be fair, I don't hear many attacks on smokers these days. A few tax increase proposals here and there is all that is left. When all of the changes were happening twenty years ago or so, the problem was pretty bad and chamget was needed. Airplanes, restaurants, hotels. Everywhere smelled like smoke.

At 2:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vapers are attacked royally, as msa funds fall. The politicians are trying to force all the ex-smokers back to smoking, while others are trying to force vapers to pay smoke taxes. They're so desperate for funds, they're classifying meat as deadly as smokes. (Anyone who's researched knows how deadly smoking is not), so that too can be taxed. Sugar, meat, coffee, anything that we derive a sense of pleasure or well being from, is under attack, for taxing purposes. Even turkey day over indulgence. has put out another urgent call to duty to those who give a dam and want to keep what little Liberty we have left. Favors are once again under attack. Stop the crime, visit

At 11:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The state has already been whining about this and the fact their budget numbers based on the smoking tax is no longer realistic.

The powers that be will target a new group for their monetary fix...


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