Smok­ers should pay for bad choices

The Intelligencer (Belleville) - - OPINION -

( 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

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