If cost was what made you give it up, then it seems their strategy worked perfectly to get the cheap old farts (who probably donít pay enough tax anyway
) off the weed. I gave it up to move to a healthier lifestyle.
As for the advertising and point of sale restrictions, it has nothing to do with people who already smoke, but to prevent the next generation to be quite so tempted. It has had a positive impact in Canada, which is about a decade ahead of most European countries.
The number of youth reporting to have never smoked increased from about 70% to 86% from 2000-2010 and trends suggest it will be well into the 90ís by the end of this decade. This was accomplished through Restrictive advertising and blind point of sales (every tobacco product hidden from view), education and positive peer pressure (my cousinís son recently said at his school it is truly only the very ďun-coolĒ who smoke).
Discussions about how governments spend their tax dollars is for another thread, but luxury taxes are as old as tax, and if it means you pay less somewhere else for the same level of government service, where is the problem?