Win tickets to see the smash hit musical Mamma Mia at the Roanoke Civic Center. Two winners will each receive four tickets!
Thursday, June 6, 2013
Re: “Higher cigarette tax will hurt the poor,” June 3 Pick of the day:
I doubt that Jeff Smith, executive vice president of the Virginia Wholesalers and Distributors Association, classifies himself as part of the poor that this tax would infringe on. Yes, this tax is aimed at smokers of both low and high income. But there is no reason for anyone to pay it.
I see nothing wrong in taxing something intrinsically harmful to participants and those around them (i.e., secondhand smoke). If you choose (and it is a choice) to smoke or drink alcohol, you need to be willing to pay the price. These are not necessities.
It’s not just about smokers and the extra tax they have to pay. They harm others with their actions, just as we are all in danger if someone chooses to drink and drive.
People in the Roanoke Valley are trying to feed their children, heat their homes and buy needed medication. These are necessities. I have no sympathy for what smokers do. And yes, I was a smoker for many years. I know people can quit.
Smoking hurts everyone. Because Smith makes money off of it doesn’t make it right.
Weather JournalRain is here; no snow