Indeed, the tobacco tax may be guaranteed revenue, then again it may not be. I quite cigarettes after smoking about 8-10 years at a 3 pack per day level. I quit smoking a pipe after 30 years. Neither was easy, and I still dream about them, as I would expect any self-respecting smoker would.
Granted the tobacco industry paid a flock of damage settlements, that was to the good. But, Denise, there continue to be new smokers recruited, one way or another, and the increased taxes they pay to some extent helps pay for the wildly disproportionate use they make of the country's health care system. We do not, as you may be shocked to learn, have a government subsidized health care system, yet after the time when people have run out of insurance benefits we actually, for the most part, try to provide them with some health care. The estimates of what proportion of the annual health care budget these costs eat up vary, so I'd suggest you do some research on this yourself. You will not be pleased by the figures you see. The increase in tax on tobacco doesn't really cover that. Nor, actually, does the cost of alcohol tax cover the cost of illnesses secondary to alcohol abuse and alcoholism. I'm not interested in kicking all the happy drinkers off the barstools of the nation, nor the happy smokers out of the pool halls of the nation (do they still smoke in pool halls?). I'd simply be pleased if the increase in these taxes covered the increase in the costs of the treatment of the illnesses that the government ends up covering.
Most of that money will, of course, be spent for other things, but at least it will go into the same general pot, and the legislature will have had the choice of spending it in the place where it was more or less designed to have been spent, rather than on cost overruns or, potentially, some program that congress things may be more important and that I might actually agree is more important too. I have similar grumbles about some of your other issues, but I thought this business about tobacco taxes deserved at least a mildly leonine rumble from out here on the left coast.