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Higher prices do stop smoking

February 2, 2013

To the editor: The Journal’s editorial (“Do sin taxes stop the sinning?” Jan. 30) made some good points but missed others....

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Feb-03-13 3:25 PM

What I don't understand is why can't people mind their own business?

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Feb-03-13 10:11 PM

Does your insurance get to "mind their own business" when the smoker gets lung cancer?

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Feb-04-13 12:11 AM

My friend who worked for a reputable insurance company said the losses incurred for covering smokers benefits was passed on to those who didn't smoke. She said the cost of smokers who get sick goes way beyond the premiums those smokers paid in. She estimates it costs all insurance companies, together, between 90 & 100 billion dollars a year.

I don't know what the number is now, but not so long ago, I believe over 400,000 Americans died yearly as a result of smoke related illnesses. That includes the innocent who lost their lives to second-hand smoke.

When all of those facts are presented, it's sometimes hard to mind your own business. I don't smoke, but I do have smokers in my family & friends that smoke, & it's costing them a fortune to buy them.

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Feb-04-13 2:49 PM

The smoking percentages have fallen by at least 50% in the past 25 years. God only knows how many lives have been saved and how many incredibly painful deaths have been avoided by the government's long, albeit belated, anti-smoking stance.

Dang government. They should have just stayed out of it all and let people get addicted and kill themselves and let everyone else pay for it. Silly, do-gooder, liberals.

What next, healthcare for everyone?Compassionate immigration?


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