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Patch's Poll: Should The Government Tax You Toward Better Health?

New Zealand has raised cigarette taxes to record highs in the hopes of getting everyone to quit smoking. Do you think government should take that role?

On Thursday, the government of New Zealand approved new cigaratte taxes aimed at being so onerous that all the nation's smokers will quit.

The government approved "a 40 percent hike in tobacco taxes over the next four years," The Associated Press reported. "Prices here are already among the highest in the world, and by 2016 they will top 20 New Zealand dollars ($15) a pack on average."

What do you thnk? Is this a good tactic? Or too instrusive? Take our poll and add your thoughts in the comments.

steve May 26, 2012 at 06:53 AM
My employer charges the smokers 12 dollars a week. I believe this would be illegal except they give you an option to get around the fee by taking an online smoking class telling you about all the harmfully effects of smoking. I think the whole thing is BS though because the aren't making all the obese people pay a weekly fee or watch the documentary SuperSize me.
mv May 26, 2012 at 11:50 AM
How about making healthy foods more affordable so people will make better choices?
David Irons May 26, 2012 at 01:50 PM
LiveForFreedom, in case you have forgotten, in the case of the British taxes, we had no voice in the legislation which imposed those taxes. Since the Revolution, we have had a voice in the election process which picks who speaks for us. While I will agree that many times those we send to represent us do not always vote for what we would vote for, we can vote for someone else come next election.
David Irons May 26, 2012 at 05:23 PM
MV, we all would like for healthy foods, and many other products to be more affordable. But as for fast food, if you factor in the healthcare costs associated with eating them, how "affordable" are they? In some ways, healthy foods are far more affordable than unhealthy fast foods already.
Thomas Cornick May 26, 2012 at 07:02 PM
The tobacco taxes just make the government a willing partner in killing it's citizens. The taxes collected meant they will never just make this a smoke free state or tobacco a schedule 1 drug even though it meets every requirement. 1 The drug or other substance has a high potential for abuse. 2 The drug or other substance has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. 3 There is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or other substance under medical supervision

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