|Re: Lewisville Council Mulls Restaurant, Bar Smoking Ban|
Poster: WhosPlayin Posted: 2012/6/22 13:20:41
OK, I had thought you were being facetious.
I hate to totally outlaw things that are bad. I think you tax them to a point where it covers all the externalities and strongly discourages regular use, while still allowing occasional use on a non-habitual basis. I'm not a smoker, but several times a year (usually on election night, or a vacation) I'll puff on a cigar. I think I pay $2 - 3 for a pack, and end up smoking 1 or 2 before they go bad. I think you could triple that price without hurting folks like me, but it would put a real incentive out there for habitual users to quit.
BTW, I had the same thought about the 100W light bulbs that Congress banned the import of. My preference was that they have a $2 per bulb tax, so that people who need them for technical reasons, or just feel like being rebels can still get them, but the incentive to buy efficient bulbs is still there.