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Sin Taxes

Sin Taxes Should at Least Reflect Risk

Jeff Stier | Posted 06.01.2013 | Politics
Jeff Stier

As the FDA continues to slowly ponder the complicated challenge of regulating tobacco products, other states can follow the leads of Indiana and, hopefully Oklahoma, by embracing the products of innovation to reduce the risk of smoking related diseases.

Food Fight: Fat Taxes Won't Slim Down Americans

Steven Kurlander | Posted 04.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Steven Kurlander

Politicians eager to raise more revenue for dwindling coffers caused in part by higher medical costs associated with obesity are now pigging out on the idea of implementing a "fat tax" of high caloric, sugary and fatty foods to curb American's unhealthy appetites.

Sin Taxes Are Bad Public Policy

David Callahan | Posted 02.11.2013 | Business
David Callahan

We all know that smokers and drinkers cost our healthcare system a fortune thanks to their self-destructive behavior. So it makes sense to heavily tax cigarettes and booze as a way to bring down the deficit or fund government healthcare programs. Right? Well, no.