Re: 156% tax hike on shisha in the US?
The funny thing is that American health care is actually very expensive compared to other industrialized nations while being far worse then what other developed nations offer. I'm no fan of social democratic welfare states for numerous reasons yet most of them do far better at providing better care for less money. What Americans have is the avarice and crass materialism that is the hallmark of plutocratic capitalism and the onerous nanny state oppression that Europeans suffer with but without the benefits of the latter.
In the end, it seems to me that the whole anti-tobacco thing is just part of a larger effort to enact social control.