Oliver Wallen (3/26, Letters, “The soaring price of smoking”) wonders where all the taxes will come from when we all quit smoking.
I would suggest that the government is raising taxes on tobacco because it knows that you smokers will not quit. If the quit option were chosen by most, the lost tax revenue might be offset in time by reduced spending on smoking-related medical care.
The recent cigarette price increase was by the tobacco companies, not a tax increase. (A national 62-cent-a-pack increase begins April 1.) Maybe if smokers and their families would quit filing lawsuits against the cigarette companies, the prices would be less.
As a nonsmoker who hates cigarette smoke, I would gladly pay more in taxes if enough people quit that the revenue needs to be replaced. Even now with the smoking ban, when I am in a bar I can often smell smoke when a door is opened by a smoker returning from smoking outside. Sometimes they smell like an ashtray.
Have you seen a loved one suffer and die from lung cancer? Becoming a widow at age 54 wasn’t in the plan.
Perhaps it’s time to quit and save more lives, because you never think that it will happen to you.
Carol M. Steele