While I don't really believe that these so-called "sin taxes" will actually work towards making the situation better, it should be done. If someone insists on doing things that are unhealthy and bad for society, then let them pay the extra price. I don't think we should outlaw these things, because that simply wouldn't work. But making them pay extra for it may cause some people to think twice about these bad addictive behaviors. Perhaps in the end, it will save the lives of some.
People who smoke know what they are doing to their bodies and that their bodies will suffer in the long run, as do people who drink to excess. Yes, they are addictions, but they can be overcome with help and determination. Since the health care system is subsidized by taxes and by health care insurance, we all pay the excess.
Drinking and smoking are not sins, but if the effects of using them in excess have caused other Americans to pay more for medical care, I think we should impose higher taxes on them as to discourage their use. In moderation, tobacco and alcohol have few ill effects, but when overused they hurt more people than just the user.
Research has shown the harmful effects that tobacco and liquor abuse have on a person. These effects can be easily connected with rising health care costs across the nation. If citizens refuse to give up these unhealthy habits, then "sin taxes", which go right back into the health care system, are the only real option to combat the rising costs of health care. Additionally, by raising the prices on liquor and tobacco, hopefully the consumer will feel the hit to their wallet and decide to control their consumption, or stop it all together. Either way, the country will ultimately benefit.
Using tobacco raises the instances of many cancers and contributes to heart disease as well as other health problems. "Second hand" smoke also places people at far greater health risks. As long as it is used, tobacco should be taxed heavily. Alcohol use, misuse and abuse contribute to health risks for users, but the highest risks are to those who suffer accidents and other mishaps caused by the drinker. Domestic and other violence is also linked to alcohol consumption. Even the effort to stop drinking can be tremendously expensive; a woman I know has been through acute alcohol withdrawal in the hospital twice in the past three months, and 90 days of in-patient treatment. The costs are astronomical and taxes on alcohol should pay for them.
People who smoke are at a higher risk for lung cancer and cardiovascular diseases. People who consume alcohol are at a higher risk for liver, kidney, and cardiovascular diseases. Because these diseases are big contributors to the rising costs of health care, it is fair to tax the people who engage in the behaviors that cause the diseases, in order to pay for the treatment of the diseases. It would be unfair to ask people who do not engage in these activities to pay higher taxes to care for people who voluntarily put themselves at risk.
The social costs of tobacco and alcohol are spread among the entire population. People who don't use the products still pay for the ill effects through taxes spent to deal with the problems such as sicker people and alcohol related mayhem such as accidents and interpersonal problems. Sin taxes have the double benefit of reducing consumption and helping fund the costs of dealing with illness and other problems caused by tobacco and alcohol.
People aren't stopping from purchasing these vices. There has to be a way to stop it, or reduce such habits. Smoking affects directly and indirectly. So the person smoking basically affects the people around. So why not make them pay for the harm to the community? As for alcohol same thing except that it affects the consumer, and in certain cases when drunk driving occurs. Which taking the victim to the hospital costs, as well as years down the road when the consumers body is seriously affected by the alcohol.
If you smoke or drink you it can cause serious health issues. I have to write fifty words to prove my point and I really only wanted to just vote. If sin taxes are raised, more money can go to the health program which will help out everyone. People who smoke and drink cause damage to themselves and others
Smoking and drinking alcohol is very bad for you. These two things cause many different types of health problems that could potentially kill you. Everyone should want to be healthy and stay alive. People need to think about others and not just themselves. Many people have very bad health issues just from others poor choices.
I'm going say Yes to this one. There is a small amount of us that enjoy the taste. Not for the redeeming qualities. I am a repentant of both Disability and Medicare benefits. I smoke and drink what and how much to my content. I see no reason why the public should share in the advancement of humanity.
THere is enough research to show that overconsumption of alcohol and cigarettes are detrimental to our health. I am a social drinker and I have no problem paying a little extra tax on alcohol if I decide to imbibe. If people knowingly drink or smoke too much, it is inevitable that they will have a long term illness and we, as tax payers end up picking up the slack. Franky, if you choose to over indulge, then be willing to pay the price, literally.
Tax things you want to discourage such as smoking or otherwise harming your body. Stop taxing good things such as having a job... Yes our system is crazy for taxing income and subsidizing non-income but if we can fix one thing at a time, in this case allowing people to commit drawn out expensive suicide I'm all for fixing it.
I feel that the sin taxes on tobacco & liquor will be increased to pay for the rising costs of medical care, to help all health issues. It should also help people who have mental health issues; pay for prescriptions. It should pay for more care of mentally retarded people. Also, I feel that they should have more group homes; counseling for these people. Pay for low income homes, so that they can be more independent in life, with the aids of caseworkers, controlling there monies; taking them to doctor appointments. I don't really feel that they need group homes, if they do make sure, that they have around the clock care for mental health issues; mentally retarded. I feel also, that they should play games, with the mentally challenged; mental health issue people, this way it get there minds thinking, maybe then they will be better in our societies; have a better outlook on life. Don't just let these people sit in group homes, wasting away to nothing, get them out working in the real world. I feel that if we would all pitch in, being volunteer or not, we could help all of these people, with the aid of medical care costs, not just let them suck up welfare. Get them to be independent in life, to work, do volunteer work, maybe help at food banks, or soup kitchens. We should have them get involved in boy scouts, big brothers/big sisters; a youth group, would be an awesome way to go for the mentally challenged, mental health issues; adults or children that have cancer. Also, help children that have lupus, kidney dialysis, multiple sclerosis; muscular dystrophy. We needs have more people pull together for these causes, look to the celebrities to donate to all these charities. I feel that more people; volunteers pull together for all these great causes, the world, would be a better place to find cures for all these bad diseases that are killing children; adults.
Why smoke, why drink. If you are a suicidal or a homicidal person, that is an excuse. However, if you are not, you should vote yes on raising the sin tax. Drunk drivers cause so much damage and injuries to the people and property. And consumption of drugs requires medical treatment. So raising the sin tax would be the right thing to do.
Look how much the Canadian government makes off off taxing booze and cigarettes, a lot of that extra tax money goes to help that country, we drink a lot of booze and smoke a lot of cigarettes, lets put that into healthcare so our premiums don't cost as much. It's a win win situation, we can't afford not to.
It is imperative that we increase the taxes on alcohol and tobacco because the increase with health care is causing a lot of money to the tax payers and the States. Lives are lost b/c of a drunk driver, others are injured and will need medical treatment for recover and healing. Years of abuse of alcohol causes liver Cirrhosis, diabetes, breast cancer, and heart disease. Smoking cigarettes causes emphysema along with lung cancer and other forms of illnesses such as strokes, etc., a lot of people that drink do not have health care and the ones that do drink and smoke should be better used to create a better quality of life for themselves and their love ones.
I came from a family of long alcohol and tobacco uses. As a result of the uses they encountered heath issues in which resulted in death. It is a luxury to have these things, but is also put on the market to consume and stem from commercials that support these items. If you can't take it off the market than "sin taxes" should be used for medical care.
People should be banned from using such things like tobacco and alcohol. “Sin taxes” on these things perform many goals. They discourage people from practicing unhealthy habits and, if the revenue is used to offset medical costs, it can help for the harm caused by those bad habits. If the citizens refuse to give up these unhealthy habits, the “sin taxes” are the only real option to combat for the welfare of the citizens. Additionally, by raising the prices on liquor and tobacco, hopefully the consumer will decide to control their consumption, or stop it all together. Either way, country will be ultimately benefited. So, why not make them pay for the harm to community?
I am a smoker and I agree we should be taxed. Not everyone can afford health care and if you are going to smoke and drink with knowing the risks involved then yes, we should be taxed. It is our money we use to pay for our risky behavior that pays for it or should at least.
Sin tax should be increased but only for financing good health to those got affected by cigerate and alcohol. It the one of the biggest source revenue and funds collected from there should be on job creation programmers, improving infrastructure social grants for those who can not provide themselves with basic needs such as healthy food, shelters, clothing etc
Science can show that cigarettes cause damage that smokers are not going to like. Liking freedom and not getting it is the lesser of the two evils. The higher the tax on cigarettes the healthier everyone will be. Higher taxes are also needed to cut the deficit in tough economic times. Might as well tax people so no-one is on average worse off than if the tax hadn't gone up.
Due to the fact that alcohol and tobacco is the leading cause of so many serious health problems; I feel it is a valid reason why taxes should be raised on these particular products in order to help pay for the rise of medical costs. In return, by increasing these taxes, this could help with more extensive research, eventually lower the cost of health care, as well as to possibly grasp a handle on or control the overwhelming widespread use of these dangerous products.
People should be discouraged from using things like tobacco and alcohol. "Sin Taxes" on these items perform two good goals. They discourage people from practicing unhealthy habits and, if the revenue is used to offset medical costs, can help pay for the harm caused by those bad habits.
Those buying (and presumably using) dangerous items such as tobacco and alcohol should pay more in taxes on those items. Use of these items is not healthy and creates higher medical costs than for those who do not use them. One way to pay for these expenses is to tax the items as they are bought.
This is supposed to be a free country but now you stupid people want to punish people for wanting to smoke or drink a little bit here and there. Why? Why don't we get all the illegal Mexicans and illegal people out of our country and take our jobs back or raise taxes on them they get everything for free and we have to pay and every Mexican I know have at least 5 kids I even know one that has 7 and she gets food stamps and Medicaid when a regular family that struggles to make ends meet don't get crap. My husband works and we have 2 kids and I go to collage and because I go to collage my food stamps got cut how am I supposed to feed 2 kids a husband and me on $500 when formula for my son is $23 dollars, can you tell me how it's fair to punish a person that smokes or drinks on occasions it's not!!
If the government raised sin taxes wouldn't they just loose the revenue from the products? Also, would people have to start using their living expenses? Just a few things to consider since I'm arguing about tax increases over spending cuts this month. Could someone clear this up for me? Thank you!
It is THEIR greed that has caused medical costs to rise 700%! It is not smokers. The obese, or drinkers. It is the medical "industrial complex", that is getting away with the fraud of creating a smokescreen to hide the cost increases. Blame the people and hide the scam! The fire of freedom is putting put out by the liars in pharma and in Washington.
The concept of the sin tax is counter to the philosophy of a free society. It is basically economic force applied to a person or group to elicit their compliance to a belief or activity which is counter to those they would normally hold with. If it is truly an unacceptable belief or activity it should be outlawed. If the population doesn't concur with the feeling that the belief or activity should be illegal, then it should be allowed to be practiced as the free individual desires. If there is an economic impact the individual should be fully accountable for their actions and beliefs.
As an aside, using sin taxes to garner a tax increase without disclosing it to the public is dishonest. A sin tax is simply a tax hike removing funds from the commercial financial cycle and should be discussed as such.
Not only would it be unfair to those who smoke or drink to raise taxes on a product they can not stop themselves from buying, it would also make the health care system too dependent on its continued success. If tobacco and liquor are viewed as sinful products, why should their success be vital to the health care system working? Linking the profitability of tobacco to health care is as dumb as the stop smoking campaign being funded by tobacco companies. It would be hard to tell people to stop smoking to improve their health, if their health care system relied on the taxes from their smoking.
If all of the monies collected today are directed to medical care and it's not enough. Then it makes sense to raise the taxes. I would also suggest that monies be directed to counseling for addictions to alcohol and tobacco.
If the taxes are merely collected because they are 'sins' doesn't that mix church and state? If it doesn't. Who is to judge what 'sins' are worthy of taxation?
If your trying to tell me that the leading cause of heart disease and cancer are caused only by tobacco, then you need to do some research. EATING fast food clogging artery's is a problem. Sitting around being lazy causes heart disease. What about taxing the heck out of junk food and making fast food taxes higher. What about the lazy people sitting at home collecting unemployment and letting there health fail, what about charging them in a higher medical coverage. The sin tax needs to be spread out if your going to only blame tobacco and alcohol for health problems.
What people forget is that people who smoke and/or drink a lot die younger, and this SAVES money on health care costs they would've otherwise had to deal with if they had lived longer.
That needs to be properly subtracted from any increases and compared. If it is about even or even saves money there should be no tax. If it does add a significant amount to the costs then it should be taxed.
I don't think that the sin tax should be increased on tobacco and liquor because everyone has their vices. Their vices might not be "politically correct" but what would they say if we started raising taxes on their vices? They would be all up in arms and would not want it either. I think that cigarettes are high enough as it is.
I don't think it is right that people should be charged more sin taxes on tobacco and liquor for a product that they know could affect their health. It is a personal choice, and people should only have to pay taxes that are equal to what they charge for food or services. Tobacco and liquor are just another set of consumer goods. If anyone should be paying the taxes, it should be the producer of the product.
I choose to drink and smoke and I know exactly what it is doing to me. Therefore, I do not think I have should have to pay more for smoking and drinking and then pay more for my medical costs. I rather keep my cigs and alcohol cheap and deal with my medical costs. I have insurance and I know I can stop smoking and drinking to prevent any health issues but it is my decision.
Why do that when illegal drugs could be legalized and taxed to fund medical care? 90% of crime is drug, there are ridiculous amounts of money in the hands of criminals because of drug laws. Tobacco and alcohol have already got the crap taxed out of em. Which monkey asked this question?
The money that is generated has nothing to do with "Sins". They have no control on what this money does or where it goes. I think any American that agrees with these taxes are supporting misappropriated funding and should be shot immediately. The stupidity that these bad practices will not effect them is ignorance. Now in Minnesota alcohol taxes have been approved for a stadium. I don't care about funding these events to make things worse. It will just get worse and the best part is they don't even care to hide this from the public anymore. We understand this as normal now since we have seen it so much. If any company pulled this crap they would be subjected to lawful punishment of some sort. This is what we teach our kids.
Taxing consumers using "sin taxes" is not a fair taxation practice, and there is no guarantee that the funds raised will go towards rising health care costs.
Although I do understand that the health care system is under severe financial strain due to the behaviors of people who smoke and drink to excess, there has to be a better way to find money to fund their treatment.
In saying that you want these taxes, you are, in effect, stating that you think that all the revenue gained from these taxes will go into some federal savings fund, to be used only by hospitals and doctors to pay for their services.
There are many of these taxes already in effect, and I have yet to find one shred of evidence that the money gained is going to alleviating health care costs.
Also, you are assuming that the government must pay for these people's health care. If these people have health insurance, then that will help with the costs of their treatments. The rest is the patient's responsibility. If they do not pay it, why must the government chip in to pay the balance? Because that person was sick and couldn't afford the remainder of their fees? NO.
I believe that smokers, and other people who fall into the category of "sinners," must be responsible for their own health care costs. PERIOD.
Yes, I was a smoker, and YES, I am not anymore, and YES, my husband still smokes, and we are adult enough to realize that our behaviors have harmed us, and WE ALONE are responsible.
Stop expecting big brother to pay for the messes people create, and grow up! Take responsibility for your life, and stop expecting everyone else to hand you money.
It has been proved by several Gallup Polls that smokers that make under $50,000 a year are the most prolific. They (we) have it hard enough as it is. Find another way to fleece the voting public.
Make all highways into toll roads, start using education taxes for education, and use the lottery income to fund all the things they said it would when they legalized it! How about a pay cut for all the congressmen/women? How about having them pay for health care the way the voting public has to do! There are many ways to cover what these people are proposing need covered. Now, find some of those ways and implement them.
There is one purpose to taxes: to generate revenue. People may argue that "sin taxes" reduce consumption or offset medical costs, but that's not true. Most medical costs are the burden of the individual, not society in general. Likewise, consumption principally for alcohol, as increased or decreased independently of taxation. We have "sin taxes" for the same reason we have property or sales taxes, because people who are buying non-essentials have enough surplus income for it to be effectively taxed.
Americans live in a free society and should be allowed to make their own decisions. With this freedom comes taking responsibility for your actions, both good and bad. Basically, if you are going to play with something bad be prepared to pay the consequences. Also, with this comes responsibility for one's self and not relying on the government of others to take care of you.
Alot of people argue that sin taxes would lower our health care costs, however, not everyone who drinks soda is obese and not everyone who drinks alcohol drives drunk. I understand tobacco; that stuff is nasty. But you all know how our government is with new taxes. They would take this take and extend it to as many products as they could. Do you want your potato chips and ice cream sin taxes too? I didn't think so...
"Sin" has no legal place in US public law. But crime does. The crime of adulterating typical cigarettes with some of the most toxic and cancer-causing industrial substances...Chlorine and dioxins, PO-210 radiation from some fertilizers, residues of any of about 450 pesticides, burn accelerants, etc etc must become THE issue.
Adults should be allowed free choice without punitive taxation. Smokers already pay more in taxes than they cost society. Almost everyone racks up big medical bills before they die. Nonsmokers tend to do so later. Smokers check out sooner before they before they are eligible for many possible payments, including social security.
That is one reason costs have jumped on prescriptions! The government should not buy ONE drug that is advertised on TV. Cost of prescriptions would drop by a third! Pharma campaign donations should be stopped! That would save a bunch on prescription costs. Pharma should pay their share of corporate taxes, instead of being allowed to deduct their "philanthropies" (lobbying expenses) and their campaign donations.
It is wrong to single out a specific group of individuals to pay for the health care of everyone. Insurance was built on the premise of a group of people each paying premiums to cover the entire group. It has worked well, I'd say, as insurance companies make some of the highest profits in the world after paying out claims. Smoking is not the only social act increasing mortality rates.