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== Governments are senior partners of the tobacco industry ==
In some countries, taxes, qualified by many as regressive because they mostly affect the poor, amount to over 75% of the retail price of cigarettes.  While these taxes and the ''hidden taxes'' from the Master Settlement Agreement (US) were supposed to help pay for the alleged additional health care costs of smoking, and to educate individuals, particularly children, on the health hazards of smoking, they are mostly used for other purposes such as infrastructure, social programs, education and general state funding.<ref>http://content.healthaffairs.org/content/24/1/220.full</ref> Of course the tobacco control organizations also get generous pieces of the money pie that help sustain the careers of their directors and staff.  But as governments are increasingly struggling to balance budgets, they are now slashing tobacco control funding despite vociferous protests by Tobacco Control Industry groups and individuals who have long benefited from such funding.  Those protests obviously make no reference to the payrolls for those aforementioned careers but generally focus on such TC Tactics as imagined projections about the number of children who'll "die from smoking" as a result of the dastardly cuts.<ref>http://www.tobaccofreekids.org/press_releases/post/2011_11_30_state_report</ref> 
<ref>http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/956467/big-tobacco-big-winner-as-harper-government-decimates-federal-tobacco-control-strategy</ref> <ref>http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736%2811%2961855-2/fulltext?rss=yes</ref> <ref>http://www.tobaccofreekids.org/tobacco_unfiltered/post/2012_06_29_nc</ref> <ref>http://www.tobaccoinfo.ca/mag10/mag10.pdf</ref>
Additionally, pushed by greedy tobacco control lobbyists, governments – such as some of the provincial ones in Canada – are salivating at the prospect of striking  gold like their U.S. state counterparts did through the Master Settlement Agreement.  These governments are now taking legal actions against the Tobacco Industry supposedly to seek damages for the costs of treating smoking-related illnesses but actually just to raise money for themselves and their own branches of the Tobacco Control Industry.<ref>http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/story/2012/06/08/quebec-government-files-suit-against-tobacco-manufacturers.html</ref>  If the Canadian provinces are successful, expect a global pandemic of government lawsuits against Big Tobacco in country after country – allowing them to raise their incomes from the sale of tobacco products without the political fallout of directly raising taxes on smokers.  Of course the smokers will be the ones paying the money, but the MSA style of misdirection will make many smokers simply blame the price rises on the tobacco companies themselves.
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