Joe Camel sez, “Smoking helps government grow, kids!”

Eerily, both Julian Sanchez and Jacob Sullum point out the idiocy of some of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s recent comments regarding a bill he signed to increase cigarette taxes to $1.50 a pack.

This is, of course, a nationwide trend. Bloated local and state governments first thre the tobacco settlement money down the drain, and now that revenues have gone down thanks to a sluggish economy, they return to their favorite whipping boys and girls, smokers, to make up the shortfall. But don’t do it! You may not want to quit smoking, but you don’t have to finance this ludicrousness.

There are lots of discount cigarettestores online. Here’s the one Karen recently ordered her smokes from. Puff in peace. Buy online.