Price of the new Americanized version of General snus: about $1.60 for a “trial pack” of 10. Pennsylvania excise tax on low-risk alternatives to smoking: just what it should be — zero — thanks to the tireless work of Bill Godshall; there is just the regular sales tax. Coupon in each package: $1.00 off of your next purchase.
Net cost of using General instead of smoking: <7 cents/pouch, or a quarter the cost of a cheap cigarette.
No, I don’t really have a deep point, other than the local Sunoco C-store near my house is apparently doing more to help reduce smoking than a the “Quit Smoking Now!” hypnosis place up the road — or than the local quitline and other official efforts.
Of course, I am kidding. The real credit for that goes to Swedish Match.
Maybe my point was to try to make the anti-harm-reduction people’s heads explode, upon learning how attractive the option of THR is here, and to give them something new to post at their silly little “Tobacco Tactics” page.
[As anyone coming across this probably knows, this blog is mostly on hold, waiting to see if we want to start using it again. In the meantime, if you have not discovered our new Anti-THR lie of the day blog, you would probably like that.]