posted on Jan, 29 2009 @ 03:15 PM
I've seen several posts lately about smoking and/or laws that affect smokers.
Smokers all claim that they have the right to use this highly addictive drug and that no one else should have any say in what they choose to do.
But the actions of smokers do affect others. Everyone, by now, is aware that second had smoke can cause disease that can lead to death. But smokers
have rights, don't they?
Who pays for the poor person who gets lung cancer and wastes slowly away while their family watches? Some people have insurance that covers this cost
but of course, all those who have insurance help to defray this cost.
If the person doesn't have insurance the the health care is covered by the government. So, the cost is shared by the taxpayers.
But smokers have rights.
OK, why not make smokers pay for their own health care by paying extra for their insurance? If you're not insured and you choose to smoke then you
don't get any free health care.... You just get to die. That's not so nice but it's your choice to smoke , isn't it?
The other alternative is to place a tax on tobacco so that the health costs could be born by the smoker. That sounds like the fairest idea of all to
The cost per pack of smokes would then be $40 each or about $2 per cancer stick.
$40 per pack
Of course, that cost would increase if people chose not to smoke because of the true cost of smoking.