Tax beer and wine, not tobacco

March 01, 1997|By Sharon V. Galloway

The Sun's Feb. 23 editorial, "Raise the tobacco tax," really burns my butt.

I am convinced the lawmakers who would be responsible for the doubling of tax on tobacco products do not have health on their minds. If they really wanted to save lives, they would increase the taxes on alcoholic beverages, especially beer and wine.

The reduction of drinking due to increased cost would save more innocent lives than the reduction of smokers. The reduction of drinking would save more marriages, jobs, friendships and sanity than any decrease in smoking.

I would like to point out one very important fact: I can smoke and drive.

Sharon V. Galloway

Reisterstown

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