Tuesday, February 19, 2008

KS Lawmakers to Vote on Statewide Smoking Ban

In yet another assault on personal property rights, Kansas lawmakers will vote today on whether to pass a statewide ban on smoking.
[T]he no-smoking bill... would essentially ban smoking in all public places, including restaurants, bars and casinos.

While smoking and the sale of toboacco products would remain perfectly legal in the state, Kansas business owners would no longer have any say in whether their clientele would be permitted to smoke on their property.

“The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.” – H.L. Mencken


Anonymous said...

So Kansas wants us to keep buying tobacco so they can keep the tax revenues rolling in, but just don't want us smoke it, eh?

These two-faced bigots need to realize that without those tax dollars, they're going to have to raise taxes somewhere else. That would include all the non-smokers, elderly, and poor people too.

Why not start putting the squeeze on governments now? Loose tobacco is not taxed nearly the amount of pre-made cigarettes, and some states allow the purchase of loose tobacco from other states. Hmmm... that would mean no taxes. Nice. And it's cheaper too: compare $25-30 per carton premade, and about $8 for rolling your own.

What about a boycott of buying smokes in Kansas too? Most people who live in Kansas live near a state border. You can legally bring over small amounts of cigarettes. But then again, we saw how painfully hard prohibition was to the government and I don't see any G-men around, so why not just by all our smokes across the border?

I also can't wait until most people quit smoking. Then we get to raise taxes on these anti-smoking folks to pick up the slack from loss of cigarette tax revenues.

Anonymous said...

They already have a plan for taxing something else after smoking is crippled... its fast food.

You already see city's like NYC banning trans fats and states like Missippi telling restaurants its illegal to serve the obese.