Also, I only want to tax expensive, unhealthy behaviors if the taxpayers are being forced to pay for their cost, namely the increased health care costs. If someone chooses to engage in an unhealthy activity, but that person is paying for the health care costs not the taxpayers, then I say live and let live and forget the tax.
I also agree with this, and based on that logic, cigarette smokers shouldn’t be taxed for other people’s health care, or take on an additional burden of paying for roads or anything ... and here I’m speaking in comparison to the average tax payer.
I live in Wisconsin and this state is fifth-highest in the county for cigarette taxes. In addition, from a WI state Website, it states, "Cigarettes, with tax collections of $551.3 million, continue to be the largest excise tax generator."
These taxes do not go into a fund for smokers, or say for smoker-related illnesses. They fund things like veteran and children health care programs, budget shortfalls, and so on. In other words, smokers are paying for other people’s health care. It’s not necessarily the other way around, especially considering smokers are being taxed more than nonsmokers. I personally viewit as unequal taxation.
So, really, I only wanted to point out that smokers ARE taxpayers and that money is taken from them and not for their health care.