Sin tax can help save lives in Covid-19 fight
TAX from cigarettes and alcohol could be used to provide Covid-19 patients with the oxygen and care they need.
Allowing restaurants to serve two or three drinks to patrons who order a meal would almost certainly not place a significant burden on hospitals and would be consistent with what most overseas countries are doing.
Similarly, smokers are not likely to place a significant burden on hospitals, or be at a significantly higher risk of dying (than people who recently gave up) and can easily purchase cigarettes on the black market. Consequently, one can hardly be blamed for thinking that some of our leaders are receiving kickbacks from illicit-cigarette suppliers.
Suffice it to say that if government genuinely wanted to save lives, it would use some of the tax it should be receiving (from the sale of alcohol and cigarettes) to buy ventilators and masks and to employ more doctors and nurses. On this point, one notes that the BBC recently reported that a Port Elizabeth field hospital is only using about 30 of its 1 200 beds due to a shortage of essential staff and oxygen.
Imagine the good we could be doing with all the money the government is allowing to go down the drain. Sadly, the government does not explain its decisions to the little people unless forced to do so by courts and one consequently must look for solace in the fact that elections cannot be delayed indefinitely.