Will Obama's Cigarette Tax Hurt the Middle Class?

Peter Roff says yes in today's blog.

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Today we welcome a new blogger, Peter Roff, to the Thomas Jefferson Street blog. Reacting to the federal cigarette tax implemented yesterday, Roff writes that Obama's new cigarette tax will hurt the poor and the middle class the most, contradicting Obama's early pledges to raise taxes only on the rich. This latest Gallup poll seems to substantiate Roff's claims: "34% of the lowest-income Americans smoke, compared with only 13% of those earning $90,000 or more per year." Is the Obama administ ra tion wrong to raise taxes on cigarettes? Is Obama breaking his pledge not to raise taxes on the middle class and the poor?

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Previously: Is the G-20 a Waste of Time?