They are going to get their cigarette tax increase come hell or high water.
At the same time, they want to increase people's consumption of alcohol by spending over $4,500,000 to open 5 new liquor stores and 10 contract stores as well as allow beer and wine tasting in grocery stores.
Smokers do not kill other people as drunks do.
Smokers do not utilize our police, jails and court systems-taxpayer funded enterprises-like drunks do.
They are basically hurting low-income people who are the majority of smokers by raising the price of cigarettes.
Maybe they want smokers to become drunks instead. It sure sounds like it to me.