Mav, the 11% is not an 'average' tax, but the current <b>federal</b> excise tax on cigs. Add state and city taxes, and you're well over 26%...and that's before you even factor in the ordinary sales taxes. 26% <b>total</b> taxes on cigarrettes would make them much cheaper. 26% total taxes on street drugs would make them incredibly cheap next to current black market prices, and law enforcement would be able to focus on real criminals for a change. Mav's usual confusion aside, I am quite glad that the majority of contributors to this thread can see things rationally & intelligently. Special kudos to Spect8or.