Being a smoker, this story sort of caught my attention!
A pack of smokes here in Texas is costly enough, but the poor folks in Russia are going to be breaking into the piggy banks for sure when this goes into effect!
Makes me want to reach for a smoke just reading this story from the Houston Chronicle.
Russia official calls for 700 percent hike in cigarette taxBloomberg News
April 28, 2011, 8:48AM
Russian Health Minister Tatyana Golikova called on the government to approve a sevenfold increase in tobacco excise taxes to cut the number of smokers by 20 percent.
Taxes will be raised over a “long term” to help reach an “optimal level” of 55 rubles per cigarette pack, Golikova said in an interview in Moscow today.
Looks like one more reason to be thankful that we live in the good ol' U.S.A., don't ya think?
Coffee on the patio this morning! I'm doing like the governor said and praying for rain!