Pall Mall goes to hall

There’s a movement in Hawaii to outlaw cancer sticks:

In Hawaii, they’re looking to ban cigarettes in a manner that would make the Volstead Act look like a polite suggestion: the minimum purchase age would rise to 30 next year, 50 in 2022 and by 2024, no one, no matter how old, would be allowed to purchase cigarettes. Legally, that is, and what possible chance is there that a black market would arise for a prohibited product of that nature, especially one readily available elsewhere?

Generations of bootleggers and drug dealers are laughing.

I’d be most amused to see that tried here. Tobacco taxes mean big bucks for the state, and you know damned well they’re not really “earmarked” for health-related stuff: if you’re the government, you know that money is fungible.

1 comment

  1. fillyjonk »

    5 February 2019 · 6:10 pm

    My town has almost as many smoke shops as it has CBD dispensaries, and more than it has auto-parts stores or nail salons, so if cigs got banned here….well, there’d be even more empty storefronts.

    I expect some bright light to consider sugar or red meat for the chopping block next. (I know, I know: Don’t encourage them. And I’m still salty about the “tobacco settlement” money being used to make sugar-shaming ads)

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