Student Use Shoes To Ask For Increased Tobacco Tax

High school students rallied at the state capital Tuesday and showed off hundreds of pairs of empty boots and shoes.

642 empty shoes were placed on the capital steps.

Members of an anti-smoking group say the shoes represent the number of Kentuckians who die each month from tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke.

The young people say they want lawmakers to pass a bill that would raise the cigarette tax by 70 cents.

If the bill passes, the tobacco tax will increase to one dollar. The national average is $1.11.


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  • by Chris Location: Avon on Feb 8, 2008 at 10:06 AM
    Well he77, I would think you all would be gleefully jumping up and down if smoking kills 400,000 a year. That means less smokers,right? The UN said today that 1 Billion people worldwide will die in this century from smoking, once again that is a good thing, right? The world is over populated and people are starving to death all over the world because we can't take care of everyone, right? Get real you bunch of dumb a@@'s! We are all going to die, we don't live forever, it is all part of the big plan ya know. So this weekend I am going to enjoy life before I die one day, I am going to the liquor store (on Sunday) and buy me a big old bottle of Bourbon and a CARTON OF SMOKES and enjoy MY LIFE! lol Mind your own business and stay out of mine. I am tired of hearing about this BS. If tobacco is so bad then why is it not illegal? Don't even say it...if it is ever even put on the table to be illegalized I am willing to bet that would be the final straw and there will be blood shed.Guaranteed!
  • by A Smoker Location: Ky on Feb 8, 2008 at 09:00 AM
    How many of these kids are overweight? Lets tax the Quarter pounder and fries. See how the glutons like it. I smoke and do not do so around others out of respect. I am sick to death of non-smokers acting like we are doing them harm. They need to mind their own buisness and go eat another pizza or Big Mac.Better yet raise their tuition. 90% of them are getting some kind of Govn. help for college!!!Leave smokers alone. We will die off soon enough.Raise taxes on alcohol, teen drivers and fast food. There are probably more people die from overweight issues than smoking.
  • by Note to Cindy in Somerset on Feb 8, 2008 at 04:39 AM
    It's 642 shoes which represent 642 people who die each month in KY from tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke. The reason one shoe represents one person is because they had already lost the other leg to cancer or gout; therefore, one shoe per one person.
  • by johnny Location: ky on Feb 8, 2008 at 04:30 AM
    light em up watch em burn
  • by Virgil Location: Richmond/Irvine on Feb 7, 2008 at 10:25 PM
    You know this state has a much higher problem with Obesity than with Smokers. Why not tax fast food seeing as though we can live without it but choose not too and yet we are going to tax tobacco users because they smoke by choice? Lets just go ahead and tax every thing that mankind does by choice. Oh wait that already happens. If smoking is really an addiction then people will still smoke but it will be at other costs like leaving kids with clothes that are too small or shoes with holes in them or a missed visit to the doctor or rotted teeth from no Dentist visits. Or perhaps food will be sacrificed for the need to smoke. Its just like the price of gas. It keeps going up and people have to alter thier budgets to continue to operate. Higher taxes is never the solution and that is something that is not being taught to these kids. All that display was about was special interest groups trying to use the youth for their naive image to try to gain sympathy for their cause.
  • by smoker Location: Mt.Vernon on Feb 7, 2008 at 05:59 PM
    Why didn't they have empty beer bottles and rolling papers, smoking doesn't kill anymore than drunk drivers, we don't kill our brain cells by smoking cigarettes, and for the one's that don't like to smell smoke, we smokers don't like to stand in line behind some fat #### buying donuts either... tax donuts and soda and maybe there won't be so many over weight people in the world.. I will buy them if they are $50.00 a carton..I may be dragging an oxygen tank, but some of you will be in wheel chairs because you are to fat to walk..
  • by Sue Location: kentucky on Feb 7, 2008 at 03:57 PM
    Well, I use to smoke cigaretts but now I smoke bees. Its cheaper.
  • by Wow Location: Richmond on Feb 7, 2008 at 03:21 PM
    For all the ignorant smokers that dont read statistics... SMoking kills about 400,000 a year as drinkin kills about 40,000. Cigarettes where taxed at only 3cents per pack in ky till about 2 years ago when they raised it to 30cents. Alcohol is taxed at $13 a gallon. SO if you want equal taxes prepare to pay 1.30 a pack for taxes. GO to parts of europe or otehr states you can pay up to $5 in taxes on a gallon of gas and a pack of smokes. If you dont like it quit smokin and quit having kids that smoke.
  • by Phil Location: Lexington on Feb 7, 2008 at 01:29 PM
    I'd much rather they raise taxes on cigarettes than essentials like food or clothing. Tobacco has a huge cost to the state for health care and lost productivity, never mind the lives lost each year. Higher taxes may discourage a few kids from smoking, since they're the ones with the most limited funds. Anyway it's nice to see these kids trying to make a difference on a very important public health issue. I certainly don't want to discourage them. Way to go kids!
  • by Cindy Location: Somerset on Feb 7, 2008 at 12:41 PM
    Oh, I thought those were the number of kids that would go each month without shoes if they raise the taxes! Do those idiot kids really think a 70 cent increase on a pack of cigerettes would get people to quit? It wont. People will just not buy something else, like shoes for their kids or they will sell their food stamps and the kids will do without food. People that can afford to smoke will continue to smoke. It does nothing. Hey Bart, fat people are a bigger drain on the health care system. There you go Non-Cas fan, you can lobby to raise the price of food, maybe that will deter people from eating too much.

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