The two sure things, death and taxes, come in a handy little pack that fits right in your shirt pocket.
And now — with the new federal excise tax on tobacco taking effect on Wednesday — you’ll be taxed even more before you die.
The tax on a pack of cigarettes is going from 39 cents to nearly $1.01.
This is the highest federal cigarrette tax hike ever. And it’s enough to make smokers think about rolling their own, at least until they think about this: Roll-your-own tobacco is going from $1.01 a pound to $24.78 a pound.
If you are among those to benefit from the new federal health care initiatives that this will help fund, thank a smoker.
And if you still smoke, click here for help.
Meantime, I wish some of this money could go to cleaning up America’s sidewalks and roadsides, which are all too often littered with cigarette butts.
What is up with you smokers? Ever hear of an ash tray? No wonder the rest of us are willing to sit back and watch you be so unfairly taxed.