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Would taxes save lives?

Jim Leitzel once again promotes the idea that higher taxes on alcohol will save lives. I’m skeptical.
However, I’d be willing to believe it would work if it was paired with the simultaneous legalization of marijuana, at low cost and heavily promoted as an alternative to alcohol. Now that could save some lives.
But merely raising alcohol taxes will disproportionately affect the very poor, who will find something… anything… And there are some substitutions that might not be as safe as quality-regulated drinking alcohol.

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