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Something Stinks Here And It’s Not The Cigarettes

Posted September 29, 2009 by jim young in Business

– jim young

Let me say at the outset that I am a non-smoker. I think it is important that you understand that I do not have a bias one way or the other in regards to the sale of cigarettes.

The Ontario government is launching a 50 billion-dollar lawsuit against tobacco companies seeking damages for related health care costs dating back to 1955.

Let’s suppose for one minute that 50 billion-dollars is accurate. (Although I am suspicious that perhaps it does not include the fact that had these people not rung up smoking related health care costs they would still have incurred at least SOME other health care costs.)

It was difficult to find accurate facts and figures on the sale of cigarettes in Ontario so while I’m not claiming any degree of accuracy in the following numbers let me use them as a rough example.

Approximately 227 million cartons of cigarettes are sold in a year in Canada. For the sake of argument let’s say 1/10th of those are sold in Ontario. That’s almost 23 million cartons.

The taxes on a carton of cigarettes in 2009 was over $45.00. So the tax revenue generated on cigarette sales in Ontario alone would be over 1 billion dollars per year.

At a billion dollars a year for the past 54 years – gee that comes to over $50 billion. Haven’t the taxes already covered the health care costs that the government is now suing the tobacco companies for?

Isn’t that double dipping?

Something stinks about this and it’s not the cigarettes.

It’s a well known fact that the government has been losing billions of tax dollars due to the rampant sales of contraband cigarettes.

It must be embarrassing for the government to have to admit that they cannot control the sale of contraband cigarettes. But instead of getting a handle on the real problem they are going back to the well of the tobacco companies who, by the way are also hurting because of the government’s incompetence and inability to enforce their own laws.

Anyone who thinks the government is concerned about the health and welfare of the people is being duped.

Keep in mind that the sale of cigarettes is legal and the government, as well as our economy, both profit greatly from it.

It’s a little hypocritical of the government to sue the tobacco companies for health care costs, because after all, if they win their lawsuit, are they not effectively admitting they are guilty of reckless endangerment of the public for all these years?

It’s time for the government to put up or shut the fuck up.

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    You know, it`s people like you who upset the natural balance of things. Why can`t you be like the rest of the ” sheep” and swallow everything the gov`t throws at you as gospel. Stop confusing an issue with the facts. Your observation could be construed as treasonous. I doubt though, you would ever be charged with treason. The gov`t has a new invention that`s all the rage. It`s called a hate crime and, I`m not sure but, I think it`s defined as ” a white person expressing their opinion “.


    Couldn’t agree more! Your also very generous in your estimated tax revenue for Ontario. The population of Ontario represents 1/3 the population of Canada. It is thus more likely tabacco sales mirror that percentage as well. Mind you, the way the Frenchy’s in Quebec suck ’em back, you never know.

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