Aug 162007
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Philip Morris USA sent me a nice postcard the other day informing me that our wonderful Congressional “representatives” are once again considering raising the federal cigarette tax – by 156%. The current federal cigarette tax is $0.39 per pack, the new tax will be $0.90 per pack. This is projected to raise 9.44 billion dollars in revenue for the federal government and is on top of the state (and some local) taxes on cigarettes which currently average more than $1.00 per pack (NJ is the high at $2.75 while South Carolina (home of “big tobacco”) is the lowest at $0.07). I’m happy to say that despite the fact that I smoke around a pack a day almost none of that tax revenue is mine.

This is because I stopped buying cigarettes at my local shop a couple of years back. Instead I do my tobacco shopping online, from businesses like Cig2U. Not only does this allow me to keep a small amount of my hard earned cash from being whisked off to the pockets of thieves … er … bureaucrats, but it also saves a fair amount on the base price itself.

Here in California we currently have a cigarette tax of $0.87 per pack or $8.70 per carton (with a measure on the ballot this November to raise this to $3.47/pack or $34.70/carton!) A carton of name brand cigarettes (Camel, Marlboro, etc) at my corner store costs $43.00. Pretax price is around $35.00. Cig2U sells single cartons of Camel filters for $24.99 delivered to my front door. Marlboro Reds are only $26.99 for a single carton and if you buy 6 in one order (split with friends or stock up) they’re only $21.65 per carton.

These are not the bug-filled, poorly packed third world cigarettes but those made for the European market which are nearly indistinguishable from those purchased here in the states. And they’re available, delivered to your door, for less money then many people pay just in taxes for their cigarettes.

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  12 Responses to “Applied Anarchy – One Way I Legally Avoid Taxes”

  1. […] apparent hypocrisy enraged and saddened me.? But once I’d taken a deep breath (and smoked a tax-free cigarette to help calm my nerves) I chose to self-analyze rather than lash […]

  2. Thanks you, very useful topic.

    Nice that you help google translator 😉

  3. Luckily, the day of the traditional cigarette and Big Tobacco is over. The electronic cigarette can be smoked in bars, restaurants, or anywhere. Finally the death of Big Tobacco is near, bearing the FDA does not put the kabash to electronic cigarettes in the best interests of Phillip Morris.

  4. Yeh tobacco sucks, e cigs are better.

  5. Actually let me rephrase that, government tobacco sucks, indian tobacco is good.

  6. […] Take any opportunity you have to work for yourself or work “under the table.” Sometimes buying online or on the black market can also help avoid sales taxes. Become an income tax assistance […]

  7. Yes, big tobacco is a power monger and has a lot of clout. It’s great that there is finally an alternative. The latest FDA ruling is also good news, but the fight is not over yet!

  8. I think the biggest advantage of the e cigarette is definately that you dont bother other people with your smoke anymore. I often felt bad for “poisoning” other people with my smoke.

    I wonder why the FDA is causing troubles with the e cigarette. Its a great tool for many smokers to slowly quit. Just reduce the dose nicotine once in a while until you reach zero.

    Created my own small german blog about the e cigarette. Its not very popular here yet. Might be the only e smoker here in germany haha.

    Thanks for your article. Love your blog keep it up!

  9. That is really a neat way to avoid or lessen taxes. Have you tried quitting smoking even once? I have seen this new technology that they call e-cigarettes. It has the look and feel of a real cigarette minus the harmful effects of smokes. It only emit vapor which is allowed in public so it means you have the freedom to use e-cigarettes anywhere! It is the most effective way to stop the bad habit of smoking and living a healthier lie with vapor of e-cigarettes.

  10. Great site, i hate taxes!

  11. They have really been cranking up the taxes on tobacco in Colorado as well. The thing that really bothers me though is that there is a new law in colorado that requires online businesses to collect taxes on sales in colorado. Luckily most are still not collecting it haha!

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  13. i live in sweden and here the cigarrettes are really expensive but Í dont no actually how it is compare to the us.

  14. I used to smoke and thank the lord I quit, here in New York a pack of cigs now costs $10.
    Intersting site, good information.

  15. I love e-cigarettes! Started 3 years ago and I’ve never looked back. Its insane the taxes on cigarettes and they are always going up. It my option these taxes are a forceless prohibition attempt by our government. Keeping Big Tobacco happy at the same time. rnrnThe FDA can kiss my mule! Companies like Blu are owned by big tobacco companies! They are the ones screaming for regulations. Why? Because dozens of small business owners got into the market years before they did.These companies would be off the map if they needed to do $10000s of research to meet regulations they fda is trying to pass. If they are gone big tobacco again controls the market. Sell you both your cigarettes and e-cigs. rnrnAlso keep in mind the FDA was created to protect us. They protect us by allowing Drugs to help depression that have side effects of “may cause increase thoughts of suicide” WFT! Really. YUP! Thats your FDA .rnrnI shop a at few of these small businesses listed below. Both have excellect customer service, and unlike the Big Tobacco e-cigarette companies they want to help not just take your and