Are Sin Taxes A Blessing Or Big Brotherism?

Christopher Farrell's article "This sin tax is win-win" (Top of the News, Apr. 11) is right on target when pointing out that decreased smoking resulting from a $1 to $2 per pack cigarette tax increase will save lives, raise revenues, and improve the nation's health. In addition, passage of a tax on other tobacco products, Senator Daniel P. Moynihan's huge ammunition tax proposal, and a large tax on all alcoholic beverages could finance whatever health-care-reform bill is enacted as long as members of Congress are willing to forgo big campaign contributions from these groups.

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