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New Taxes for Booze and Smoking

Posted on: August 30, 2009


The tax does not go far enough it just stops at Government revenue but the real deterrent to the increasing social sabotage is to remove the  self inflicted medical conditions from the free health system and change it to user pays. Imagine how far the drink driving accidents would dry up if the consequences of damage and loss of life and limb to the innocents were included? or the drunken assaults.or beating up casualty staff in the hospital at 2 am. I have to wait 4 months for a specialist to examine if my prostate lump  is malignant and that has just been put off for another month because he and thousands of hospital and ambo staff are overloaded – attending to  the party boys and girls?. If they had to pay for the consequences they inflict upon themselves and others from the effects of their booze and smoke then possibly more than half would avoid the attention of doctors, hospitals and the Courts  by quitting  – it would be just too costly.

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