Let’s put an end to the smoker versus nonsmoker debate that seem to have consumed a good deal of recent editorial space. It’s time to share the love.
According to a recent study at the University of Oxford, being obese can take years off your life, and in some cases may be just as dangerous as smoking.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cites that 34 percent of U.S adults age 20 and over are obese, while an estimated 20.8 percent of all adults smoke cigarettes. Clearly, obese adults trump those addicted to nicotine by a substantial margin. So in addition to an increased tax on tobacco products, let’s add an obesity tax to products such as soda pop, snack cakes, candy bars, potato chips and all fast-food restaurant items.
This plan will not only increase the funding for the State Children’s Health Insurance Program but will also help offset the current industry bailouts and trillion dollar deficit.
Yes, it’s time to share the love. Milk drinkers, beware.