Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Reader feedback: Stop subsidizing addicts

Re: Smokers face, 15 percent price hike, Flash News, July 28, 2005

I suggest the extra tax should go on healthcare, simply because the cost to society, when one does have a public healthcare system, as in Slovakia, is greater from smoking-related illnesses than any other single preventable illness.

As a taxpayer and a receiver of benefits from the healthcare system, I would demand that my tax payments not subsidize the healthcare costs of the addicts, and let them pay for it themselves, rather than letting the healthcare system become overburdened with costs that could be spent on people who care about their health.

Munich, Germany

The processing of personal data is subject to our Privacy Policy and the Cookie Policy. Before submitting your e-mail address, please make sure to acquaint yourself with these documents.

Top stories

Czech PM files lawsuit against Slovakia at ECHR

Czech Premier Andrej Babiš sues his homeland in the European Court for Human Rights in connection with records proving his collaboration with the communist-era secret police.

Andrej Babiš

Revitalised industrial building offers work, entertainment and housing

Mlynica is an excellent example of successful conversion of unused industrial building.


Youngest Slovak village is a "communist dream come true” Photo

Dedina Mládeže (The Youth Village) was a mere experiment during the communist era. Now, the still inhabited village has morphed into an open-air museum.

Dedina Mládeže

What are the reasons behind low wages in Slovakia?

The average wage costs per Slovak employee accounts for only 44 percent of the EU average.