The current anti-smoking campaign
not about your health ...
It is all about
YOUR MONEY... They want it!
Why not Ban Cigarettes Outright?
Have you noticed the anti-smoking collectivists are not
suggesting a total ban on cigarettes? In fact, no one is suggesting a BAN on
cigarettes. The anti-smoking zealots say that smoking is a deadly addiction,
responsible for three million deaths each year and that because nicotine is as
addictive as heroin or cocaine, using tobacco is not a choice once you're
hooked. Further they pull the "children" tactic and says the nicotine industry
hooks 60% of its customers before they're even 14 years old.
tobacco was as dangerous and the killer substance they say it is, wouldn't any
reasonable person outlaw it ouright and ban cigarettes completely?
don't the do that?
Because there is too much money to be made from
The Federal Government does not
want to ban tobacco. The Office on Smoking and Health reports there are
46,824,800 adult smokers in the United States providing an annual net tax
revenue from cigarettes of $5,586,000,000. Tobacco will continue to be grown
and cigarettes will continue to be sold. The difference, they hope, is that
tobacco will be grown only by large corporate growers whom they can control
rather than by smaller independent family farms.
SCHIP program that provides health insurance to children
and illegal aliens is funded by taxes paid by smokers. If they were not able to
transfer wealth from smokers to pay for this socialist program, they would
either have to scrap the program or tax somebody else. Smokers are the easiest
target right now.
Politicians don't want to ban
tobacco. Although contributions to politicans have decreased in recent
years, the tobacco industry continues to contribute millions of dollars each
election cycle to candidates for Congress in an effort to influence federal
policies. Since 1997 when they gave $30 million to Democratic and Republican
parties, contributions were down to $3 million in the 2005-2006 election cycle
and had fallen to $1.2 million by the 2011-2012 election cycle.
Doctors don't want to ban tobacco. According to a
federal database of tobacco quota holders, 300 of Kentucky's 7,000 doctors own
the right to grow and sell tobacco while at the same time they are telling
their patients they need to quit smoking.
Care Industry does not want to ban tobacco. Insurance companies have their eyes on the deep
pockets of the tobacco industry to line their pockets with more profits. The
argument of "recovering health costs" is nothing more than an outright lie to
disguise the transfer of wealth from one industry to another.
Lawyers don't want to ban tobacco. They, more than
just about anyone else, stand the greatest opportunity to
enrich themselves through anti-tobacco litigation.
If you don't believe
it's about the money ...
keep reading below!
Redistribution of wealth
industry in general -- and the small family tobacco farmer specifically -- has
been targeted by the federal government in their grab for money and power. Not
satisfied with it's current level of control over the tobacco industry and
eying huge repositories of wealth, the long arm of the federal government in
cadence with the health care industry and trial lawyers is moving to confiscate
and redistribute tobacco fortunes into the hands of government bureaucrats,
health care professionals,
and large corporate growers.
Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., supported a
plan requiring tobacco companies to pay $18 billion to buy out tobacco farmers
and phase out the government program that supports their crop. It was the small
tobacco farmer who was hurt most by this federal attack on small business. The
government limits who can grow tobacco and how much of it. It sets a minimum
price for tobacco and levies assessments on growers and buyers so the program
runs at no net cost to the government. The federal government requires tobacco
quota holders to either grow their tobacco or lease it to other farmers.
Small farmers in Kentucky and the Carolina's facing the loss of
federal tobacco subsidies in the form of allotments will be forced to sell out
to the large corporate farmers who can easily assimilate the loss of federal
support through increased cost to the consumer and increased exports. Lugar's
plan would phase out the tobacco program over three years and then let anyone
grow tobacco for whatever price was offered by the market.
Money is central to the collectivist agenda of
redistribution of wealth. This looting of your money is a joint partnership
between government and crony corporate interests. They are simply stealing your
money with a sophisticated propaganda campaign designed to transfer money from
one group of smokers to another group. It's called socialism in most
U.S. Constitutional right to Free Speech
of banning cigarettes outright, Collectivists in government and their crony
counterparts have used the smoking debate to further erode all Americans
constitutional rights to free speech. They have banned nearly all forms of
tobacco advertising and have dictacted to advertisers how their products are to
be promoted. They have forced tobacco companies to display their propaganda
messages on their packaging and in their media messages.