The new cigarette tax rate increase will see the state tax on a pack of 20 cigarettes jump from 87 cents to $2.87, with the tax including nicotine delivery devices such as electronic cigarettes, e-cigars, e-pipes, vape pens, and e-hookahs.
Okay. I've no doubt my dad died as much as a decade or more earlier than he might have had he not smoked. No real way to tell. Doesn't matter. I do know that if something is so dangerous and destructive that if $2.87 per pack is justified then prohibition is more justified.
And let us not forget. Without the "overhead" a cigarette would cost a couple pennies. The extreme regulatory environment generates huge profits for the pushers.