Sunoco minimart on Lancaster Ave, a leader in reducing smoking

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.]

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  • Michael J. McFadden  On August 30, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    Carl, but… but… aren’t the C-store folks Murdering Tobacco Merchant Terrorists? What if a million smokers decided they liked Snus better than smoking and switched over? And then one of them died? Wouldn’t you feel guilty?

    Plus, snus is meant to be put in the mouth, right? And we all know that children love to put things in their mouths, right? So isn’t snus just an evil plan by big tobacco to addict all the little children in the neighborhood to a drug that is more addictive than heroin, cocaine, methamphetamines, or even chocolate?

    It’s like the way they sell beer. They put it in bottles. Did you ever wonder about that? Bottles. Like in baby bottles. Ah ha! Now you see what I mean! It’s all a plot, an evil and convoluted and mysterious and despicable and underhanded and etc. plot! Children see beer in the bottles and right away the first thing that comes to their mind is that beer must be like what their mommy gives them!!! And what about those cute Budweiser dogs? (Or was that horses? Children love horses you know. Do you think that was by accident?)

    – MJM

    • Carl V Phillips  On August 31, 2012 at 6:48 am

      Also, the packages are designed to be opened using hands, and children have hands. The labeling is in often English, the language read by more youth worldwide than any other.

      A million smokers decided…? Wow, wouldn’t that be something?

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