Argumentative Essay: Sin Taxes Are Positive for Society

801 Words Mar 8th, 2013 4 Pages
Governments Should Tax Sin Products Higher

In our country, the government has traditionally taxed some goods at a higher rate or at an additional rate. They do this to products called sin products, like cigarettes and alcohol. The government does this as a way to discourage the abuse or over use of these products. Recently, governments have tried to raise taxes on other products like large, sugar-filled soft drinks and junk foods. There has been opposition to raise taxes on soft drinks and snack foods, but it is a good idea. There is evidence that these taxes can reduce the number of people who purchase these items. Therefore, the added cost can help people be make better choices and be healthier. Sin taxes are something that
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It is logical for the government to want to expand sin taxes from cigarettes and alcohol to new health threats in our lives, like soft drinks and junk foods. By increasing the cost of these products, governments can cause some current users to stop or lessen the amount of these products that they use. The added tax can also discourage some people from starting to use the products. This can really affect young people because they have a limited disposable income and the higher cost would discourage children from purchasing them. Governments also hope that by raising the costs on certain products that are not healthy, they would be promoting healthier products. Sin taxes can encourage healthier lifestyles in people and cause medical costs to go down. They have a positive effect on society.

Tyler Kelly #17
ASD 1/13/13

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Governments Should Tax Sin Products Higher

Paragraph 1: Introduction: * government traditionally taxed some goods at higher rate * do it to sin products, like cigarettes and alcohol. * does it to discourage abuse or over use * raise taxes on soft drinks and junk foods * opposition to taxes on soft drinks and snack foods, but good idea. * evidence taxes reduce people who purchase * added cost help people make better choices and be healthier.

Paragraph 2: Body: * something governments doing for hundreds of years * 1600’s in
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