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Browning 1 Matt Browning English 134 Section 32 Erin Martin-Elston Sequence III 12/11/06 Equality of Taxes and Tobacco Did you vote in the California 2006 election? If so, then you probably voted for or against Proposition Eighty- Six. Proposition Eighty- Six would have put an additional $2.60 tax on all tobacco products ( California: Official Voter Information Guide). Its purpose was to put the money towards healthcare and also to try to lower the number of smokers. The money taken in by this new tax would have gone to several purposes including “tobacco-use-prevention programs, enforcement of tobacco-related laws, and research, prevention, treatment of various conditions including cancers (breast, cervical, prostate, colorectal), heart disease, stroke, asthma and obesity” ( California: Official Voter Information Guide). The projected goal of the proposition was reasonable, but when one looks closer at the effects and the method for attainment, their opinion like mine might change. Elevated tobacco taxes are not fair and will cause several other major problems while trying to fix only a few. Tobacco use is a detrimental flaw to society which needs to be removed; however, Proposition Eighty- Six is not the correct solution. Americans have rights; these rights protect them from the government and from each other. Proposition eighty-six tried to attack people for one of these
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Browning 2 rights. It attempted to stop people from smoking by punishing them with a hefty tax . It is a punishment for something that they may be addicted to, something that was never against the law. This tax was not justified, these people were never given a warning that they were, or will be in trouble. We need to stop the government from making laws and taxes like this that single out a group of people. The government tried to solve problems at the expense of smokers and other users of tobacco. An argument frequently raised in favor of tobacco taxes was this
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