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New Cigarette Tax Begins

A new federal cigarette tax of $0.62 went into effect today. You may not have noticed, because it's been already built into the cost of a pack of...


A new federal cigarette tax of $0.62 went into effect today. You may not have noticed, because it's been already built into the cost of a pack of cigarettes by many companies. I can do nothing but applaud when Pigovian taxes are applied. Pigovian taxes are taxes aimed to correct consumer activity, when that activity has larger negative costs to society associated with it-in this case, smokers put an oversized burden on our health care system. Since they continue to selfishly smoke, we're going to make it harder and harder for them, until they stop, thus saving our country billions of dollars in medical bills. It works the same with carbon taxes and congestion pricing.So, make a smart economic decision and stop smoking. Also, cigarettes are really bad for you (they give you cancer, and that's just for starters) and you should really stop smoking them for reasons beyond your wallet.For more on smoking, check out our big interactive graphic on the subject here. Image via.
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Last Friday, GOOD reported on an infuriating incident that went down at a Massachusetts Target.

A Target manager who's come to be known as "Target Tori," was harassed by Twitter troll David Leavitt for not selling him an $89 Oral-B Pro 5000 toothbrush for a penny.

He describes himself as a "multimedia journalist who has worked for CBS, AXS, Yahoo, and others."

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Anyone who has ever worked in retail knows that the worst thing about the job, right after the pay, are the unreasonable cheapskates who "want to talk to your manager" to get some money off an item.

They think that throwing a tantrum will save them a few bucks and don't care if they completely embarrass themselves in the process. Sometimes that involves belittling the poor employee who's just trying to get through their day with an ounce of dignity.

Twitter is rallying around a gal named Tori who works at a Target in Massachusetts after she was tweet-shamed by irate chapekate, journalist, and Twitter troll, David Leavitt.

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In a typical work day, people who smoke take more breaks than those who do not. Every few hours they pop outside to have a smoke and usually take a coworker with them.

Don Bryden, Managing director at KCJ Training and Employment Solutions in Swindon, England, thinks that nonsmokers and smokers should be treated equally, so he's giving those who refrain from smoking four extra days to compensate.

Funny enough, Bryden is a smoker himself.

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