Normally, when one is stressed out about money they’d increase the amount of cigarettes they smoke. Our state has just raised the taxes to cigarettes, making a pack the price more than a gallon of gas. This leaves many consumers literally in the predictament of what is more important to them, a gallon of gas or a pack of cigarettes. Adding up all the price a carton of cigarettes can easily buy you a tank of gas.
Gas has come down to being the winner. The main driving force of the economy whether anyone wants to agree with me or not. Just how fair is this to the cigarette companies? They say the extra cost is going to healthcare and other costs. They are losing customers that are at the age in the sixties that smoked since they were fourteen years or younger.
A price of cigarettes in their time was a quarter a pack. When I first bought a pack of cigarettes in college and the finals had me tremendously stressed, a pack would cost me $1.50. Now that price is at the cheapest pack is $5.00. I could have bought enough to last me from pay check to pay check with that amount before.
It has literally come down to cigarettes or gas. Some people are getting around this by going to the other state if they live on a border. Gas stations that have the same store in the ajoining state are advertising at their high priced state’s stores. Now, the rumor is that people are only going to be able to buy so many packs of cigarettes outside of their state. Many people I have talked to asked me how they are going to keep us from doing this.
The one thing that those people are forgetting is that, our driver’s liscense or ID. All of us who buy cigarettes have to show this proof, it would be simple for a cashier to identify what state you are from. Many places do have the right to just refuse service to someone.
There also is the Intercommerce Clause. This clause was established to help maintain the sales of wheat and how much a farmer could keep for himself. This clause also controls between many states of what can be sold, where, when and how much to another state. Crossing borders from state to state does involve many different laws. So, yes, they can control how many packs of cigarettes you buy across the border.
Quit smoking, isn’t that the newest rave. We’ll be healthier and live longer. Leaving us to either be financially in trouble as we are stressed so we seek to fullfill our addiction to nicotine, or quit the addiction.
In my humble opinion, this isn’t completely fair to the tobacco companies. As even before the Native American Indians, folks have been smoking. No one told the cowboys in the wild west that they couldn’t get tobacco. To be honest, I find this a sense of control of the economy. The outcome of what consumers is going to buy, or not buy.
First it was seperating the smokers from the non smokers, second it was banning the smokers from smoking inside. Some places people can’t smoke in public at all. Some jobs are not only drug testing, but testing for cigarettes. If you smoke you aren’t hired. They claim those that smoke are clock watchers as they watch the clock hungry for their next smoker’s break.
What about the alcoholics? I have never seen or heard about some one getting killed from a smoke driver.
Still the cigarettes are on the rise. Those of us that have addictions, we are the ones that are going to pay. Not just cigarettes, but caffeine addicts. Everything is on the rise, if you need it then you can guarantee its going to be expensive. There isn’t much more that I can boycott from my cupboard or purse, of rising prices.
Laundry detergent, gas, electricity, and toilet paper is still something that I need every day. Quit smoking I hear. Guess that is the cheapest solutions to us smokers. Tobacco companies will go bankrupt, then what? The answer to that last question is a rumor for another day.