THE phrase “until such time when we become a smoke-free society” (“Smoking laws: NEA replies”; Monday) suggests that we should all work towards the goal of becoming a health-conscious nation.
If a healthy society is what we truly aim for, then we could start by having a licence for smokers.
An amount of $500 a year could be added to a smoker’s income tax if he is working.
If he does not pay income tax, have a family member pay for him; or he can buy a monthly licence at the post office or other outlets.
Smokers caught without a licence should be fined $20, payable at any ATM.
The funds generated from the licences can go towards patients who have to bear the costly burden of illness as a result of inhaling second-hand smoke in public.
An amount could also go towards cancer research.
This will not be a popular move but is an issue worth considering.
Vivien Tan (Mrs)