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Cigarettes: The San Francisco Tax

Cigarettes: The San Francisco Tax

A few months ago, on the way to the office, I witnessed a typically DC self-defeating scene.  A man riding on a mini-street sweeper finished the block, stopped to empty the trash in the back, and tossed his cigarette on the ground on his way back to the sweeper.  I was a bit galled - and it speaks to larger problems inherent in the system - but it never occurred to me to tax the cigarettes.  I was leaning more toward "why not take one more step and throw it in the trash" or "care about your job."