Spoken Like a True Statist

The news that a Dewitt, NY cigarette shop is being sued by the state caught my eye because the store is close to where I live. The store allows customers to roll their own smokes using a machine and avoid the high taxes on cigarettes from the manufacturers. What struck me was the statement by the New York Attorney General.

“Rather than playing by the rules, this store and others like it are cheating the state out of millions of dollars per year in legitimate tax revenue and endangering public health and safety while they’re doing it,” Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a statement. “The illegally low prices this business is charging for their store-made machine-rolled cigarettes have been shown time and again to encourage people to take up smoking and to discourage smokers from quitting.”

Spoken like a true statist.

Update: Linked by Frugal Cafe – thanks!