By now, all of us should know the risks of tobacco use. And the number of smokers is falling because of the efforts of these campaigns.
For me, this is a good thing. The less children sparking up, the less expensive smoking related problems our societies have to absorb.
But all in all, I still see it as a choice. Like any other drug or unhealthy habit/addiction, one should have the choice to partake in whatever they choose. Its your body, so as an adult, you are in control (or should be).
Granted, I also believe that such people should pay for the risks associated with their vices (health problems equal higher health costs for everyone, so make these costs apparent on the products themselves).
This is a VERY controversial idea for many reasons, I know.
However, smokers pay higher premiums on life insurance for a reason. If one segment of the populations willful habits make that group more susceptible to illness then the others (and as such, they will require more care then the rest of the population), then it seems fair that they pay more, to even out the difference.
Another argument against this is that it will unfairly target “casual” users. Maybe. But after awhile, if I have a hankering for alcohol/tobacco/fast food, the price will be irrelevant.
Most people do not look to save money on an “indulgence” (I certainly don’t. Unless I have a coupon lol).
Today I was watching MSNBC, and there was an interview with an employer (a healthcare group or a hospital I believe) that actively disallows its employees to smoke.
Actually, I should clarify, that I am unaware of the status in terms of current employees (I would assume they are forbade to smoke). What I heard, more concerns the new hires.
As a part of the “major” drug test, nicotine is tested for along with all the other common drugs. You have to be on a smoking cessation program, in order to “pass”.
If you do not inform them of the smoking habit, or your bodily nicotine levels exceed a certain threshold, you will not be hired. The “threshold” im assuming is to weed out the liars who claim to be on cessation programs but are not. However, how reliable the nicotine levels in the body are in determining this, is for me, questionable.
This seems, to me, to be unnecessarily discriminatory. But that is just my opinion.
If your reading this, whats yours?