People who smoke — more precisely, those who despite government educational efforts, still smoke — are, on average, less able to afford $12 or $14 a pack.
For those who haven’t heard, I am sorry to tell you that as of this morning, Amazon sales in MA are now subject to sales tax. A victory for brick-and-mortar stores, the state of Massachusetts, and anyone who panics when their accountant asks them how much they spent on online purchases since last April (this may not be related to sales tax but that question always freaks me out). Amazon already charges sales tax in a dozen other states. The change in MA is projected to earn the state an extra 37 million dollars this year. Think of how many libraries you could keep open with that kind of money!