I see that the B.C. government had considered charging smokers more for their health care.
They obviously haven’t read the study that the tobacco companies provided to the government of an eastern European country some years ago. Their figures showed that promoting smoking was good for the government’s coffers in two ways.
Not only can this highly addictive product be heavily taxed without significantly reducing consumption, but it also kills off many of its users before they become old enough to be a serious drain on the pension system.
A win-win for the government.
Perhaps smokers should even be charged less for their health care.
Alan T. Chattaway, Surrey