SMOKERS SHOULD BE TAXED MORE & BUY A SMOKER’S LICENSE TO SMOKE LEGALLY

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)

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