Smokey And The Fatman

The news brings word that New Jersey’s slovenly governor is looking to tax e-cigarettes.

Cash-strapped New Jersey is leading the charge against e-cigarettes, with Governor Chris Christie and state legislators proposing high taxes that could propel sales into the black market and diminish the state’s tax intake.

Fox News reports that the booming, currently still unregulated e-cigarette industry is enticing a number of states to propose new taxes to cover for the sales. While the health effects of e-cigarettes are still not fully known, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention claim that e-cigarettes have “far fewer of the toxins found in smoke compared to traditional cigarettes,” and many individuals suggest that they have been able to stop smoking cigarettes by switching to this nicotine-providing alternative. One study found that e-cigarettes are as effective as nicotine patches in helping smokers quit.

I’ve known a lot of people who have switched to the e-cigarettes and then quit entirely. All were “pack a day” smokers who had tried all of the other remedies. The Chinese guy running the tobacco shop near me has got in on the act and started selling these things along with the other bits that go along with them. He switched a couple of years ago to quick smoking. He says his cigarettes sales are declining, but he is making it up with e-cigs. His primary business is cigars, but I suspect his experience is not uncommon. Smokers seem to be flocking to these things.

You would think that would be welcomed news by the pests in the anti-smoking rackets. You would be wrong. They never gave a damn about the health of smokers. The demented sadists in these movements just like pushing people around and making them suffer. The move to e-cigs is now revealing the truth about these dickheads. Instead of encouraging what is a rather obvious harm reduction, they are trying to ban this new gadget. New York City extended their smoking bans to e-cigs, which is hilarious as it is impossible to enforce. From my observation, the user can do it undetected with little effort.

Of course, Tubby and his cronies in Trenton just want the money. The hilarious part is this whole thing is pitting lunatics against the legal plunder crowd. The anti-pleasure fanatics are out trying to ban the sale of cigarettes, while the blood suckers in every state capital are trying to figure out how to make more money from the sale of cigarettes.

A group of state attorneys general are asking the nation’s top pharmacy chains to follow rival CVS and stop selling tobacco products.

The prosecutors sent letters to Walgreens (WAG, Fortune 500) and Rite-Aid (RAD, Fortune 500) as well as three other retailers with pharmacies in their stores — Wal-Mart Stores (WMT, Fortune 500) as well as grocers Kroger (KR, Fortune 500) and Safeway (SWY, Fortune 500).

“There is a contradiction in having these dangerous and devastating tobacco products on the shelves of a retail chain that services health care needs,” the AGs wrote.

The push is being made by a bipartisan group of prosecutors, led by New York AG Eric Schneiderman and Ohio AG Mike DeWine, from 26 other states and territories.

The best part is watching the blood suckers try and come up with a way to tax something that may be impossible to tax. There are millions of sites selling these things. Taxing cigarettes is relatively easy. The distributors are licensed by the states, who put a tax man on-site. Taxing bits of metal that can be shipped from anywhere on the planet for pennies is a different matter. Nicotine is an industrial chemical used in all sorts of things. You could tax that at the manufacturer, but then you raise prices of all sorts of other goods. Nicotine is used in pesticide, for example, in the organic food business. There’s some irony.