This Sin Tax Is Win WinChristopher Farrell
In an era of taxpayer revolt and fiscal constraint, politicians have latched on to a revenue source that generates little controversy and enormous revenue: tobacco taxes. The Clinton Administration advocates increasing the federal excise tax on cigarettes to 99c a pack from today's 24c to help pay for health-care reform. Fifteen states raised their cigarette taxes in fiscal 1993, and plenty more are considering similar measures.
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