Cigarette Tax and Arts Funding

Sometimes the best way to stop people from doing things is to make it unviable for them to continue the habit.

The problem with strategy is that a real addict will do nearly anything to get their fix, so they’ll skirt right on the edge of only just being able to afford something before they pack it in.

Cigarette taxes stop people smoking, but they also make vulnerable people more vulnerable.

What happens then when a society starts taxing creativity?

When funding gets slashed so low that we don’t even need a federal department anymore.

What happens when the cost of aspiring to do different means dedicating yourself to the chance of lifelong financial instability?

Why is it that we are so hell bent on stopping people from creating?

What cost will we pay for pushing the artists skirting right on the edge of their viability line into quitting?

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