Tobacco Free Alliance, in Virginia, is trying to get the tobacco tax raised from 30 cents to $1.45 on a pack of cigarettes. This campaign has been backed by the usual: Cancer, Heart and Lung Associations. Virginia farmers biggest cash crop is tobacco so there is quite a bit of lobbying against this bill. It might almost be a fair fight but the "usual" never give up, they are like the Terminator, almost indestructible but their lies will catch up to them and when they do no one will believe anything they have to say on any topic. You can only cry "Wolf" so many times.
Crack. Fizz. Gulp. Ahhhhhh. Is there a drinking experience more classically Australian than ripping the ring-pull off a beer? "The visceral pleasure from that first crack of a beer can is identical to popping a champagne cork," says wine and drinks writer Mike Bennie. "There's also huge appeal in the tinnie's nostalgia factor."