Smokers should pay own way

Our B.C. Liberaal have done it again. They are unable to intelligently choose to support issues according to their importance.

To the editor:

Our B.C. Liberaal have done it again. They are unable to intelligently choose to support, financially, issues according to their importance. To spend $15- to $25 million on a free patch program for smokers who, for the most part, will not kick the habit anyway, is ridiculous.

You can be suer also that the cost willexceed the estimated $25 million.

These smokers should not be pampered but rather should pay full medical costs on any smoke related illnesses they succumb to.

One smoker mentions that she smokes three packs of cigarettes a day but cannot afford to buy the patch. What kind of a joke is this?

To pay for this idiotic program the B.C. Liberals have chosen to cut other essential health related programs affecting such people as the mentally and physically challenged individuals.

They are also ignoring our teachers’ requests for a salary increase to bring them in line with the other provinces. The list goes on.

One thing our government is good at is how to screw up their priorities—but then they’ve had plenty of experience.

Ed Peterson,



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