Lawmakers and smoking ban activists who point to decreased cigarette sales as sign that smoking bans & tax increases work....should think againFellow freedom activist Audrey Silk used to smoke Parliament brand cigarettes made in Virginia, now she smokes a very limited, exclusive vintage grown in Marine Park, NY......Silk brand tobacco, fresh out of her appropriately named garden...."Bloomberg gardens".
Ms. Silk would have spent more than $1,000 had she bought nine cartons in parts of New York City. Instead, she spent $240, mostly for the trays, the buckets and plant food.
Ms. Silk, 46, a retired police officer and the founder of New York City Clash (Citizens Lobbying Against Smoker Harassment), a smokers’ rights group, it is not just about the money. It is about the message. In the state with the highest cigarette taxes in the country, in a city that has become one of the hardest places in America to find a place to smoke, Ms. Silk has gone off the grid, growing, processing and smoking her own tax-free cigarettes from packets of seeds she buys online for about $2. She expects to produce a total of 45 cartons after planting two crops — the first in the summer of 2009, the second last summer — and estimates that she will have saved more than $5,000.
“It’ll make the antismokers apoplectic,” said Ms. Silk. “They’re using the power of taxation to coerce behavior. That’s not what taxation is supposed to be for.”More at NY Times here.