Smokers should pay for bad choices
( Re: JESSICA LAWS: Are cigarette warnings useless?, Nov. 2 edition)
I agree that warnings are useless. The first time you see the picture on the box, its revolting. After that, no one notices it.
Raising the price of cigarettes won’t do much to deter anyone. I believe, and try to live this way, that people need to live with the outcome of their actions.
Therefore, instead of raising prices, it might be more effective to de- list health issues related to smoking, for smokers, or raise the cost of OHIP for smokers. This is like charging bad drivers more for car insurance. They have the choice to continue and live with the outcome, or change their behaviour. Judith Desveaux Campbellford