Here’s how we do it in the US….
Instead of using the money from the cigarette tax to have smoker’s pay for their own health care costs,
We like to:
- use it to pay for the Children’s Health Insurance Plan, a federally funded program to provide coverage for uninsured children. (and since the poor are more likely to be smokers than not, it makes even more sense!) Article
- use it to pay for stadiums Article
- use it to pay for the arts! woot!
And since I’m rambling, the Stadia driven tax has seen revenue fall from 6.6 Million in 1992 to 3.7 Million in 2006.
One can only hope our politicians become a bit more creative or logical when it comes to financing social programs.