Should Smokers Pay Health Taxes or No?

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Essay 3: Should smokers pay health taxes or no?
Minh Anh Nguyen
City University of Seattle

Smoking is something that happens every day in our life. People can easily find someone smoking in some street corners, even in public places like train station, hospital, dormitory. It is not strange if you cross the road and see a mom who is enjoying her cigarette in front of her child. It is a kind of action that has become a part of our society and it accidentally makes people think that smoking is normal and it is just a habit and people do not feel like they have to stop it. Even some people are aware of the negative impacts of smoking they still ignore it and let it happen. People used to have the same
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So why nonsmokers and smokers pay the same taxes while smokers can enjoy their cigarettes but nonsmokers have to suffer many diseases as a second hand smokers? At this point is it even fair to treat nonsmokers like that? By making smokers pay for health taxes and even raise the taxes if they keep smoking, people are supporting the nonsmokers in human community. Why does it make sense? It would make smokers be responsible and pay for the inconvenience they have caused, for people who are living and working with them that they harm with their smoking. The consequences of smoking are not something new to people. Some of you still think that it is not that much dangerous as people are smoking everywhere and every day? Smoking causes 1 in every 5 deaths in the US every year, which was revealed by Centers for disease control and prevention (n.d). If it is not shock enough, here is the research that has been revealed by BBC NEWS (1999), which is every cigarette you smoke reduces your expected life span by 11 minutes. Smoking also makes the risk of a heart attack 200% to 400% greater than that of nonsmokers (Kurzweil & Grossman, n.d). In developing countries, patients are asking more from health services. “The problem has been increasing, as the number of uninsured Americans continues to rise. In 2004, 15.7% of the population, or 45.8 million people, in the
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