While we’re right to discuss ways to reduce the number of people killed by the police, let’s not forget what the scofflaw Eric Garner was doing: selling single cigarettes on the street. He was participating in New York’s black market for cigarettes. Garner was doing so because a pack costs around $14.50 in Gotham, much of that cost due to the city’s high taxes on tobacco. People no doubt buy “loosies” from people like Garner because they can no longer afford to buy a full pack legally. Perhaps the surgeon general should warn us that sometimes high taxes, at least in New York, can be hazardous to your health.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for BreakPoint.org. He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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