In search of cheaper cigarettes, I ended up at Four Winds Travel Center yesterday, where I didn’t have to pay:

http://www.tax.newmexico.gov/all-nm-taxes.aspx?9674a2e28c1442ce8b25e81c6d015418blogPostId=5d9a4e2d1c0f4d228112aaffb44add50

“Effective July 1, 2010, the excise tax on cigarettes is $1.66 per pack [$16.60 per carton] if the cigarettes are packaged in lots of 5, 10, or 20, and $2.075 if the cigarettes are packaged in lots of 25.”

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As a liberal, I should feel guilty for not paying the sin tax on cigarettes. But as an informed poor person, I know these taxes aren’t used for their intended purpose. Like cancer research — with as much funding as cancer research gets, you’d think doctors would have come up with a cure by now. And in New Mexico, it’s more likely that cigarette taxes will be used to help support the government while oil is under $30 a barrel.

I found this place next to the gas station:

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It was a windy day:

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They don’t look very happy, do they?

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Cool door:

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Selfie of the day:

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Thanks for viewing. 🙂

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