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  • Rebelyell55 Dec 20, 6:31 p.m.

    I was wondering where they were finding all that money, they knew this was coming. So they just got happy and wasted it.

  • JoCo50 at MXR Dec 20, 4:55 p.m.

    "I guess will waste this money too. I think they get enough money when a Pack went from $2.50 to $5.00. I guess this will money will go the same place the lotto money goes." kurtsdollarbill

    Don't gripe about the lotto money. Since the lotto was (illegally) voted in, our schools have become so great that about a third of the students get all the education they need in 9-10 years.

    The state should re-run some of the pro-lottery commercials that aired back then. The claims they made were laughable then, but would be absolutely hilarious today.

  • kurtsdollarbill Dec 20, 2:40 p.m.

    I guess will waste this money too. I think they get enough money when a Pack went from $2.50 to $5.00. I guess this will money will go the same place the lotto money goes.

  • RealStory Dec 20, 8:51 a.m.

    If they keep on continuing making ridiculous

    anti-constitutional laws such as telling private business owners if they can allow smoking in their establishments, or where you can smoke OUTSIDE... they can forget getting this big payouts from shakedowns of tobacco companies.

    How about tightening up our WIC/welfare/food stamp programs to folk who dont want to work and all the other govt handouts to illegal immigrants and the government wouldnt have to chase down private sectors

  • eoglane Dec 19, 5:11 p.m.

    You Smoke that is your addiction, well alot of people are addicted to Beer, whiskey and wine, which by car accidents alone kill more people. No law suits against them. I saw read the warning labels, if not your medical bills are yours POINT BLANK _diot

  • warrenhicks19672 Dec 19, 3:56 p.m.

    ** Every smoker in this country should be able to get FREE Health care. They paid for it." whatelseisnew

    Well if everyone who stupidly ingests toxic smoke into their lungs should have free healthcare, I guess those with heart disease and other life-threatening diseases should to then. That way most of Americans would have free health insurance....I all for that as a heart patient, not from smoking I must add, but that is the stupidest post I have ever read.

  • superman Dec 19, 3:18 p.m.

    Now if NC will just stop the sale of beer and alcohol and sue the companies for damages. Alcohol has filled our prisons with people. Alcohol has cost us much more than cigarettes. I think we still have ABC stores all over this state selling that poison drink. People should file a class action suit against the state for damages that result in people drinking.

  • crunch27537 Dec 19, 2:55 p.m.

    I smoke and I am tired of being a drug addict. Please make this drug illegal.

  • whatelseisnew Dec 19, 2:50 p.m.

    Amazing at how our Government blackmails and shakes down companies. The Government has collected more than enough money in tax receipts off the sale of tobacco products to pay for any supposed cost of health care. On top of that they then collected taxes on the company profits and on the paychecks of all the people working in the industry. This money will disappear into the meat grinder of the State Coffers. Very little of this money if any will be use for health care for smokers. Every smoker in this country should be able to get FREE Health care. They paid for it.

  • Uhavenoclu Dec 19, 2:35 p.m.

    When are all these states going to thank the tobacco companies since all these fines go to helping balance their budgets which they cannot do without them?..........And y'all want to ban smoking because you have never tried it and don't like breathing bad air and you think the little 5 year old boys and girls who die of cancer from smoking?????????????

    Health issues is a big scam,health industry and doctors are a joke.

  • suzanf Dec 19, 2:17 p.m.

    Let's put this money back into the mental health that was gutted.

  • davework Dec 19, 2:16 p.m.

    "What will NC spend this money on?"

    It's a no-brainer: they'll waste it as soon as they get it.

  • nascar33 Dec 19, 2:11 p.m.

    "What will NC spend this money on?"

    They'll spend it on pet projects that give the politician maximum kickback.

  • pipcolt Dec 19, 2:00 p.m.

    Looks like Perdue's staff will be getting their christmas bonuses this year before they become unemployed next year.

  • kmanc4s Dec 19, 1:56 p.m.

    For NC to accept this money, feels like biting the hand that helped build this State.

  • JustAName Dec 19, 1:51 p.m.

    "What will NC spend this money on?" - thargraves

    Probably more pretty building with pretty art work with people employed to sit around and think about things.

  • Reformed Liberal Dec 19, 1:42 p.m.

    I am for up for more regulations but this is ridiculous. You don't punish the gun industries every time someone kill somebody. You don't punish drug companies when someone ODs on prescription meds that are not theirs. You don't punish the car manufacturer when a drunk driver kills someone, that plan is in the works by the way.

  • Screw WrAl Dec 19, 1:05 p.m.

    uhhh, pretty sure I just heard it reported as Billion.

    With a B.

  • Me again Dec 19, 1:04 p.m.

    Good. Now it's time to go penalize other companies we don't like what they do. Here's my list: Fast food, Guns, Movies, porn, Banks, big oil and everybody else doing business in this country.

  • robbyh Dec 19, 1:00 p.m.

    I don't think they should have to pay anything, thats whats wrong with this country now! Anyone that put one in their mouth new what it could do to them including me and this state was made on tobacco money.

  • thargraves Dec 19, 12:50 p.m.

    What will NC spend this money on? It's good to spend some on smoking cessation programs but they should also use it to help patients access appropriate care for smoking related diseases... especially lung cancer which has not shown a bit of improvement in survivor rates since they get the least amount of research money but are the number one cancer killer... and it's not all about smoking!

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Dec 19, 12:45 p.m.

    They should pay costs for each pack sold. I've heard here on WRAL, that its costs NC $5.60 per pack in related healthcare costs. (Has anyone else seen this? Do you have the reference?)

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