Anti-smoking groups are ready to start cashing bigger government paychecks. Already funded by taxpayers with dubious success, the various groups are salivating over reports that the state’s new $1-per-pack cigarette tax hasn’t reduced smoking — because they want in on the action.
The state is generating $244 million more from the tax than had been anticipated.
It’ll be fun to watch the various anti-smoking groups set each other on fire in an effort to get the money.
The American Lung Association sees getting this cash into their pockets as “a priority.” Meanwhile, the American Cancer Society’s Texas chapter wants the money flowing into their “fully funded anti-tobacco program.”
Both groups are united in their desire to keep the money out of taxpayers’ pockets.