Smoke… for the children!

The health of American children will rest on the shoulders of a dying breed if President Obama signs the SCHIP Reauthorization Act of 2009. Click the PDF version and scroll to page 265, Title VII—Revenue Provisions. Taxes on tobacco and related products will increase by as much as 3,057%. Here’s a sample:


(a) Cigars- Section 5701(a) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended–

(1) by striking `$1.828 cents per thousand ($1.594 cents per thousand on cigars removed during 2000 or 2001)’ in paragraph (1) and inserting `$50.33 per thousand’,


(c) Cigarette Papers- Section 5701(c) of such Code is amended by striking `1.22 cents (1.06 cents on cigarette papers removed during 2000 or 2001)’ and inserting `3.15 cents’.

Funding child health care by taxing smoking, an activity which is increasingly targeted for eradication by government campaigns, creates an indirect conflict of interests. You can’t have it both ways. But according to the rhetoric of our times, individuals are morally compelled to sacrifice themselves for the good of the collective.

So find a place where it’s still legal and light up, smokers! Spread the good news to your non-smoking friends: to quit is to condemn future generations. These are the times that try men’s lungs.

If you smoke a non-tobacco substance, put away the reusable smoking paraphernalia and puff your stuff in papers taxed under 5701(c). Better yet, use the wrapper from a cigar taxed under 5701(a) and remind yourself that you did it for the children.

8 thoughts on “Smoke… for the children!

  1. the only reason i still smoke besides the physical addiction is that i want to kill kids… now that reason flys out of the window as well grml -_- ; )

  2. Is it true that smokers are the only ones in America who love children? Nonsmokers should be ashamed of themselves for their wanton neglect of our next generation. In the future we will see laws passed requiring any who are not smoking to stand outside in the rain and the cold as punishment for their refusal to care for our young.

    Quite aside from all that though, there is the issue of a 2,000% tax increase upon the poorest of the poor, those too destitute to even be able to buy ready-made cigarettes but are forced to roll their own from shreds of loose tobacco and scraps of paper. This group is arguably the single poorest well defined substantial demographic in the entire country and Obama’s SCHIP tax is going to hit them with OVER a 2,000% tax increase. This goes beyond unjust and enters into the realm of criminal.

    Michael J. McFadden
    Author of “Dissecting Antismokers’ Brains”

  3. Thank you Andy! 🙂

    You might also want to share the following with your readers. It’s an email I sent to PA’s Sen. Robert Casey about SCHIP after he sent a form response to me about what a great thing it was. We’ll see if he has anything to say to my specific question.


    Thank you for your response Senator Casey.

    I would ask though that you take just one or two minutes to explain to my citizens’ group exactly how you justify a tax increase of over 2,000% on what is quite likely the single poorest well-defined substantial minority group in all of Pennsylvania to pay for this program. I am of course speaking of those smokers who are too poor to be able to afford to buy cigarettes, even at the old price, and who were forced to roll their own from shreds of loose tobacco and scraps of paper.

    The tax rate on loose tobacco is increased by SCHIP from about $1 per pound to $24 per pound. The great bulk of the population getting hit with this tax increase are living on incomes substantially below $20,000 a year (No, I do *not* have a study to prove that… can you suggest any non-tobacco company source that might fund one if common sense and observation do not provide sufficient verification?) and the proceeds of the tax will largely go to those living on $25,000 to $50,000.

    President Obama said “WE are now making a commitment to our children.” Who is “WE”? Would SCHIP have been accepted if indeed the “WE” of all American people were asked to love children? Or did you feel that only smokers love children.

    That would be the one question the members of PASAN would like to have a clear answer to… Why single out this single deeply impoverished group to be raped with over a 2,000% tax increase?

    Please Senator, the justification.

    Michael J. McFadden
    Author of Dissecting Antismokers’ Brains

  4. Just a follow up for anyone who might care about our legislators acting responsibly…

    It’s now been just about two weeks since I asked Senator Robert Casey to justify hitting one of the poorest segments of the American population with over a 2,000% tax increase.

    So far I have heard nothing.

    I guess I shouldn’t be surprised.

    Michael J. McFadden
    Author of “Dissecting Antismokers’ Brains”

  5. Wandered by and thought I’d add another update for our good Senator Robert Casey. After he sent out that nice form letter about seven weeks ago praising SCHIP, I asked him how he could justify voting for a 2,000% tax increase on one of the poorest minority groups in the country.

    Seven weeks and still no answer.

    And I remain unsurprised.

    Michael J. McFadden
    Author of “Dissecting Antismokers’ Brains”

  6. Well, going on nine full months now, and Senator Robert Casey has still failed to even try to justify his support for the 2,000% tax increase on those too poor to buy packaged cigarettes.

    Gee, I wonder why it’s taking so long….

    – MJM

  7. My my… Just wandered by here by mistake while looking for a great “SmokeForTheChildren” graphic I’ve seen in the past.

    It’s now been OVER FORTY MONTHS … and still no response from Senator Casey justifying this attack upon a minority group.

    – MJM

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