Letter: Smokers should pay premium for health care

The retail of tobacco should require the purchaser to have the bar code on their health card scanned.

To the editor:

I think Mr. Mellis’s notion of a cigarette butt deposit is simply brilliant! (Disconnect Between Smokers and Wildfires, Aug. 21 Capital News.) It solves so many problems beyond fires caused by smokers. I think we all witness people dropping or “flicking” cigarette butts out of vehicles at red lights. There are no innocent smokers. They all feel the world is their ashtray.

I was thinking a ban on tobacco sales was in order during fire seasons but Mr. Mellis has a better solution. In fact I would take it  a step further. The retail of tobacco should require the purchaser to have the bar code on their health card scanned. They would then pay a premium for health insurance.

David Lindsey, West Kelowna