I was watching the news the other night and heard (again) that smoking is bad for your health, that it is a direct link to cancer and other nasty ailments. It appears the Canadian Government is concerned enough that they are talking about putting more vivid pictures on the packages, as people are getting complacent about the old ones.
They are also concerned about the cost to our medicare system in the future, that it will be a horrendous burden on the taxpayer.
The Government folks are also talking about increasing the tax on cigarettes to again discourage people from smoking.
Now, every time that you finish a pack in Canada, you have just smoked up a $10 bill so to speak.
If they increase the price to $15 per pack, will it stop people? History says "not likely".
The part that gets me is the government makes tremendous revenue from the sale of tobacco. Now, how can they push push people into quiting, yet enjoy the tax revenue?
How about hiking the tax way up AND put all revenue from the sale of tobacco into the Medicare system to help offset the cost of treatment? After all, to smoke or not to smoke is a choice that the individual makes. In other words, let the user pay!
Did I ever smoke? Yes, but I chose to quit cold turkey 36 years ago.
What are your thoughts about this social problem?