In response to the Sept. 17 letter, “6 ways to curb smoking without taxes”: The amount of government intervention and regulation that would take place in establishing most of these suggestions would completely go against a free market (not that we totally have one anymore). Also, big tobacco has been regulated up the wazoo as it is, and at this point, it seems tobacco smoking has a deeper-seeded issue.
Despite no more commercials or ads, people are still smoking. I, too, have had a family member die from a tobacco-related illness, but I actually feel that the taxing of tobacco is a good idea.
It gives the person the opportunity to decide whether his or her money is best spent on the now more expensive pack of cigarettes, or on something hopefully healthier.
Also, in my experience I have heard people very angry about the increasing taxes on cigarettes. This causes them to feel targeted by the tax, and out of spite, they have stopped buying them. In the end, there are always other ways, but taxation isn’t a bad one!
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Evan Aguilar, Fresno