Oliver Wallen (3/26, Letters, “The soaring price of smoking”) implies that we nonsmokers will be hurt financially by his and others’ quitting smoking. We’ll have to pay more taxes to make up for the tobacco taxes the smokers and tobacco companies will no longer be paying.
What he does not know is that we’ll be more than happy to pay those additional taxes because they will be easily offset by the health-care dollars that those same smokers will no longer be taking from us because of their super-expensive use of health-care facilities.
Insurance is already too expensive. Why should we continue to subsidize the smokers’ extravagant waste of precious health-care resources?
Oliver Wallen threatens that the increased taxes on cigarettes will cause smokers to quit smoking. The “downside” to that is that all these new former smokers will live healthier, longer lives, they’ll have much more money in their pockets, they’ll no longer walk around smelling like ashtrays and they’ll cause less of a strain on the U.S. health-care system.
And the problem with that is?