Do you agree with the Thai Health Promotion Foundation that the recent cigarette tax increase will reduce the number of smokers by 60,000 to 70,000?

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Do you agree with the Thai Health Promotion Foundation that the recent cigarette tax increase will reduce the number of smokers by 60,000 to 70,000?

Do you agree with the Thai Health Promotion Foundation that the recent cigarette tax increase will reduce the number of smokers by 60,000 to 70,000?

  • Start date:Sep 29, 2012
  • End date:Oct 1, 2012
  • Voters: 11,597 times
  • Yes
    43.2%
  • No
    56.5%
  • I don't know
    0.3%

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  • Discussion 25 : 01 Oct 2012 at 08.0825

    The problem with such campaigns is that it invariably target's the wrong people. Most smokers, like drinkers and gamblers, are in the low socioeconomic group, raising tax's does not cause them to stop (it's their comfort blanket) it just raise's their cost of living depriving their families of necessities.

  • Discussion 24 : 01 Oct 2012 at 03.1324

    Khun Jacksprat #23, yes, at the end, it's individual choice and decision. And, as long as, smokers are aware of the consequence of smoking, it's fine with me. Sooner or later, we all are going to die of something, right? However, corruption adversely affects everybody both directly and indirectly, and we should, at least, put in equal amount of effort to fight it, don't you think? I wish corruption had the same affect as smoking, but it is not the case. So much for the Law of Kama, right?

  • Discussion 23 : 30 Sep 2012 at 23.0723

    Spiceman, my grandmother smoked most of her life, since she belonged to a generation when everyone did. When she was about 60, she started having lung problems. The MD told her she was starting to develop emphysema; if she didn't quit, she'd be dead within two years. She went home and threw away every carton of cigarettes she had... and lived to be 80. Twenty years of life or a filthy habit? The choice should be easy.

  • Discussion 22 : 30 Sep 2012 at 16.0022

    Khun Chinagirl #21, I have a few smoking (American) friends, and one of them smoked until his death of lung cancer. When his doctor told him that he had 3 months to live, he laughed. However, his doctor sent him home for there was nothing to be done for him medically, except to give him an oxygen generator. And after 3 months, he passed away at 69 years old. Prior to his death, he said he rather die "happy" than parting way with his cigarettes for a few lousy extra years. Although, it's sad, but it was his choice. He was a former head air traffic controller at San Diego International Airport. So, rubbish? I don't think so!

  • Discussion 21 : 30 Sep 2012 at 14.5321

    #17 "most smokers that get sick die pretty quickly too" ......rubbish. Smoking not only causes illness, but it impedes the healing process too.......fact. With today's advancements in medicine there are drugs and treatments that can, at very least, prolong life. Very expensive and with limited budgets will be most certainly taking funding away from other needy cases.

  • Discussion 20 : 30 Sep 2012 at 14.3220

    Khun BJ 316, if quitting cigarette makes you live forever, I think most smokers will quit smoking for good. Unfortunately, that's not the case. So, the question is what kind of lifestyle do you want to have, while spending your limited time here on this earth? This outrageous cigarette tax is all about raising tax revenue, not public health, so crooked politicians can steal even more of it. The same reason why the Govt looks the other way, while prostitution, which is supposed to be illegal, is so widespread, despite of enormous tolls it inflicts on public health, both spiritually and physically, especially, sexually transmitted diseases like AIDS.

  • Discussion 19 : 30 Sep 2012 at 14.3019

    Note that the question of this poll suggests that we, laymen, can form an opinion about the NUMBER of people who will quit due to this sin tax increase... and more than 99% of all voters believe they can form such an opinion...

  • Discussion 18 : 30 Sep 2012 at 14.2418

    @ khunbj, discussion 14, as for the cost of smoking to society, it is interesting to know that in terms of treatment of associated diseases in smokers, most countries make actually money, rather than lose money, on smokers. That is, if we conveniently exclude indirect costs associated with smoking, like loss of productivity at work, traffic accidents caused by smoking at the wheel, etc.
    Reason is that most smokers contribute to state coffers (sin tax) for decades before they get ill. Treatment of lung or throat cancer is usually short (until they die) and relatively inexpensive. Which is one reason why governments impose relatively small sin tax increases, and not for example a sudden 100% increase, which would cause too many people to quit, and reduce sin tax income.

  • Discussion 17 : 30 Sep 2012 at 14.1817

    Khun BJ#14, all we can do is to educate the smokers about the harmful effects of tobacco, but ultimately, it's their right, lungs, and lives. Most smokers who become sick die pretty quickly too, so their burden on the healthcare system is minimal, compared with other illnesses like cancer, or alcoholic related diseases, which can drag on for years and years. So, your point is rather unfounded. And if you believe tobacco is that harmful, why don't we outlaw it once and for all? And what's about alcohol which is equally, if not more, deadly as tobacco? Crooked politicians and Govt officials usually live a long live, and the devastating effects of their corrupted behavior to the country is, therefore, unmeasurable. That's what I think we should be focusing our attention upon, not the smokers, OK?

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    Discussion 16 : 30 Sep 2012 at 13.5816

    Concerning quitting smoking, then that is not easy...I tried to stop many times, by gradually reducing the no's, then trying nicotine gum, plaster even hypnosis ...all to no avail until more than 20 years ago I decided to stop, to stop completely, a cold turkey, that worked fine , have not smoked since...when I think about it then I don't really have any friends that smoke anymore whereas when I was young most seemed to smoke, so some of us do manage to stop, it requires a bit of backbone though so it may not be possible for everybody.

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