READER REPORT:

Smokers, make the right choice

KAT HEATH
Last updated 05:00 03/08/2013

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Our readers share their views on public smoking bans in NZ.

The financial bill for smoking related illnesses cost New Zealand taxpayers $250 million last year. These illnesses are entirely preventable. Financing the foolish choices of smokers takes precious resources away from families, communities and the needs of people who are sick through no fault of their own.

The Government is not trying to attack smokers, it is trying to encourage them to make the right decisions by making it harder to take up smoking.

If the Government banned smoking all together, it would be at its own expense. It wouldn't be receiving the tax from the purchase of cigarettes yet New Zealanders would still have to fork out millions of dollars in healthcare treating smoking-related illnesses for at least 40 years before the country reaps any benefits. There are tough times ahead.

Sure, you can smoke, but don't think that your smoking is harmless to others. If you knew the implications of smoking on your life and the lives of every other New Zealander, you wouldn't do it. 

I cannot imagine how difficult it must be to quit smoking but make the right choice. If not for yourself, do it for your family. It might be hard to quit, but you can do it. Please.


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