Ah yes, the first trading day of a new year! And soon, the first flowers of spring. And still the demons and scum of the cigarette industry are killing people.
Time to get pissed and stop smoking. Here's a great perspective on the getting pissed part:
It's even free.
It's about time to stop burning money in homage of some stuffed shirt scumbag executive chuckling at you on his way to the bank as you climb into your personal handbasket headed for Dante's Inferno?
Maybe this is a good time to short this puppy, too. Just imagine: Save money by not smoking, and make money as the evil empire gasps its way into oblivion. On the other hand, maybe it's smarter - from an investment perspective - to just stand on the sidelines, since it might take a lot of patience for this unethical industry to give up the ghost. But, at least by not being long, you won't be contributing to a reduction in their cost of capital the next time they run to the market.
Of course, pure libertarianism would never work -- there are too many a@$-holes in the world. Which is the same reason why pure communism would never work and why the demopublican party is totally ineffective . . .
The time after the market closes just begs to be filled with mindless drivel . . .
You have mistaken my libertarian outlook with the foggy-brained delusions of the granola crowd. No, I'm not a democrat, but does your response suggest that you are a mindless, bible-thumping republican?
Now that clarifies things!
It's obvious that tobacco is a legal drug, not much different from the illegal drugs. This one just happens to be taxed - and heavily used by bible-thumping loonies who wouldn't know logic or ethics if they bit 'em on their self-rightous asses.
I'm calling an a#$-hole an a#$-hole no matter where they exist on the financial pecking order. I also advocate legalizing everything, taxing the bejesus out of it, and letting people choose for themselves whether to commit slow suicide or not.