Speaking of taxes (see previous post), USA Today published a page one story noting that higher cigarette taxes lead to fewer smokers.
The paper notes that cigarette sales dropped 18 percent in North Carolina last year after the tax was raised from 5 to 35 cents. The decline in sales was even higher—over 30 percent—in Connecticut and New Jersey after those states bumped up their cigarette taxes.
In Oklahoma, where smoking rates are relatively high, the state legislature ought to give this idea a look. Fewer smokers in the Sooner state will lead to fewer health problems.
Maybe we can use the money we save to fix a few unsafe bridges.