The taxes on our cigarettes are out of this world. Federal taxes alone on cigarettes have increased 62.5 percent since 2000. President Obama's rescent reauthorization of the S-CHIP Bill puts into effect a 156 percent increase in the federal excise tax on tobacco, a hike of .61 per pack. Cigarettes are one of the most heavily taxed consumer products in the United States. The funding for SHIP a.k.a. CHIP, is the single biggest cause for the outrageous prices we are paying for our cigarettes today. It is unfair that smokers bear the entire burden for this program. We must stand together and tell the government to find their funding elsewhere. We smokers will not stand for this unfair taxation any longer. "Enough"