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A Tobacco Tax is a policy where tobacco products such as cigarettes and cigars are taxed.

This tax brings in money based on how many Smokers are in the country. It also discourages people from smoking, causing a drop in the membership rate of Smokers (which also drops the income from the tax) and increases the average Lifespan of the citizenry. However, the tax doesn't stop people from smoking; it merely forces them to pay more, regardless of how much they can afford to. Because of this, a tobacco tax not only brings the ire of Smokers but also increases the severity of Poverty and causes a loss in Equality.


Despite the failure of tobacco companies to admit it, there is good reason to believe that smoking has negative effects on health. This is used as a justification for taxing tobacco. Cynics point out that the government benefits hugely from a tax on a product it is supposedly against. Health campaigners encourage the tax as a way to encourage a more healthy population

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-Everyone (0)

+Poverty (0)

-Equality (0)

-Tobacco Usage (8)


If/when no smokers remain, the effects on Everyone, Poverty and Equality as well as the income go away.