Public health officials debate a “smoker’s license’
I don’t intend to spend much time on this story, but some public health and anti-tobacco advocates are now proposing and debating a “smoker’s license.”
A public health proposal suggests that tobacco smokers should be required to apply and pay for a “smoker’s license” in order to continue buying cigarettes.
In this week’s PLOS Medicine medical journal, two leading tobacco control advocates debate the merits of the smoker’s license. Simon Chapman, a professor at the University of Sydney, proposes that users would have to apply and pay for a mandatory license in the form of a smartcard that would be shown when buying cigarettes.
In a controversial move, the smartcard would allow the government to limit how many cigarettes a smoker could buy. Professor Chapman suggests 50 per day averaged over two weeks to accommodate heavy smokers.
Cigarette rationing sounds more like something I would expect out of a communist country, not the United States, but such could be life under Obamacare.
You may think that this is a farfetched idea and is something that could never happen in the United States, but I never thought the government would be allowed to force Americans into commerce in the first place, which is what the healthcare mandate does, so what is to stop the government from rationing cigarettes once they have total control of the healthcare industry and begin looking at ways to bring down healthcare costs through government intrusion?
Oh, and by the way, who will this hurt the most? Lower income people–a group which has a higher percentage of smokers than other groups–of course.