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  • Tom
    July 02, 2010 - 13:27

    How about reducing the tax on tobacco to get us to buy legal product. The government is the cause of contraband, and the government can be the resolution. Every time a budget rolls around, they add more tax, and more of us get fed up with it and buy illegally due to it being 1 5th the cost. Seriously. Drop the tax $30.00 a carton and we might start buying legal tobacco. Before everybody starts saying thats a bad plan, think about it. The tax on tobacco is so high right now almost 50% of tobacco sold is contraband so the government looses a lot of tax. When the price of a legal carton is cheaper, more legal product is sold, closer to 80% and even with less tax, the government makes more. So your choice. Tax high and we buy black market. Tax low, and we buy legal product. Either way I will smoke. It is up to you to convince me to buy legal product and there is no chance of that as long as a carton is almost $100.00. Let me know when it is back around $60.00.

  • puff n stuff
    July 02, 2010 - 13:26

    Tom from NL writes: How about reducing the tax on tobacco to get us to buy legal product. The government is the cause of contraband, and the government can be the resolution. Every time a budget rolls around, they add more tax, and more of us get fed up with it and buy illegally due to it being 1 5th the cost. Seriously. Drop the tax $30.00 a carton and we might start buying legal tobacco. Before everybody starts saying thats a bad plan, think about it. The tax on tobacco is so high right now almost 50% of tobacco sold is contraband so the government looses a lot of tax. When the price of a legal carton is cheaper, more legal product is sold, closer to 80% and even with less tax, the government makes more. So your choice. Tax high and we buy black market. Tax low, and we buy legal product. Either way I will smoke. It is up to you to convince me to buy legal product and there is no chance of that as long as a carton is almost $100.00. Let me know when it is back around $60.00.
    ==================================

    Your moniker could easily be Tom FOOLery.

    Logic such as yours is astounding!

    If your going to buy a contraband product, you deserve whatever consequences which arise, be that a problem associated which cheap ciggies from China or a huge fine.

  • 7-11
    July 02, 2010 - 13:26

    I wasn't aware that cigarette sales were such a huge component in the convenience store business.....along with lottery tickets.

  • Taxpayer
    July 02, 2010 - 13:18

    I saw on the news yesterday that a man was fined $1 million dollars for smuggling cigs, but since he can't pay the fine he has to pay $200 for life(it would take 500 years). So what would the suggested fine be $2 million and 1000 years. Well researched !

  • Mark D
    July 02, 2010 - 13:14

    The first 2 hours of hones work Siobhan Coady has undertaken since she was elected.

    Contraband tobacco is a crime issue which impacts business and it should be presented as such.

    The credit card and debit card issue was already addressed today by the federal Dept. of Finance and financial institutions and banks have 30 days to comply.

    A bit slow out of the gate, a bit of lip service when action is needed.

    Shameful, Ms. Coady, just shameful.

  • Tom
    July 01, 2010 - 20:14

    How about reducing the tax on tobacco to get us to buy legal product. The government is the cause of contraband, and the government can be the resolution. Every time a budget rolls around, they add more tax, and more of us get fed up with it and buy illegally due to it being 1 5th the cost. Seriously. Drop the tax $30.00 a carton and we might start buying legal tobacco. Before everybody starts saying thats a bad plan, think about it. The tax on tobacco is so high right now almost 50% of tobacco sold is contraband so the government looses a lot of tax. When the price of a legal carton is cheaper, more legal product is sold, closer to 80% and even with less tax, the government makes more. So your choice. Tax high and we buy black market. Tax low, and we buy legal product. Either way I will smoke. It is up to you to convince me to buy legal product and there is no chance of that as long as a carton is almost $100.00. Let me know when it is back around $60.00.

  • puff n stuff
    July 01, 2010 - 20:12

    Tom from NL writes: How about reducing the tax on tobacco to get us to buy legal product. The government is the cause of contraband, and the government can be the resolution. Every time a budget rolls around, they add more tax, and more of us get fed up with it and buy illegally due to it being 1 5th the cost. Seriously. Drop the tax $30.00 a carton and we might start buying legal tobacco. Before everybody starts saying thats a bad plan, think about it. The tax on tobacco is so high right now almost 50% of tobacco sold is contraband so the government looses a lot of tax. When the price of a legal carton is cheaper, more legal product is sold, closer to 80% and even with less tax, the government makes more. So your choice. Tax high and we buy black market. Tax low, and we buy legal product. Either way I will smoke. It is up to you to convince me to buy legal product and there is no chance of that as long as a carton is almost $100.00. Let me know when it is back around $60.00.
    ==================================

    Your moniker could easily be Tom FOOLery.

    Logic such as yours is astounding!

    If your going to buy a contraband product, you deserve whatever consequences which arise, be that a problem associated which cheap ciggies from China or a huge fine.

  • 7-11
    July 01, 2010 - 20:12

    I wasn't aware that cigarette sales were such a huge component in the convenience store business.....along with lottery tickets.

  • Taxpayer
    July 01, 2010 - 20:00

    I saw on the news yesterday that a man was fined $1 million dollars for smuggling cigs, but since he can't pay the fine he has to pay $200 for life(it would take 500 years). So what would the suggested fine be $2 million and 1000 years. Well researched !

  • Mark D
    July 01, 2010 - 19:53

    The first 2 hours of hones work Siobhan Coady has undertaken since she was elected.

    Contraband tobacco is a crime issue which impacts business and it should be presented as such.

    The credit card and debit card issue was already addressed today by the federal Dept. of Finance and financial institutions and banks have 30 days to comply.

    A bit slow out of the gate, a bit of lip service when action is needed.

    Shameful, Ms. Coady, just shameful.