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#180 "The Government should highly tax things that are bad for us such as cigarettes and alcohol." Do you agree?

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    遅ればせながらですが、あけましておめでとうございます!

    2018年もWILL ENGLISH SCHOOLをよろしくお願いいたします。

     

    今年最初に紹介させていただくessayは、「ギクリ」とされる方もいらっしゃるかもしれないtopicです。

    "Things bad for us"については、議論が尽きることが無いのではないでしょうか。

    皆様はどう思いますか?

     

     

    “The Government should highly tax things that are bad for us such as cigarettes and alcohol.” Do you agree?

     

    Yes, I do to a certain extent because cigarettes or strong liquor aren’t necessary for most people. Those who are eager to smoke cigarettes or to drink alcohol can pay, even if they are expensive. And a high price of cigarettes can work as a deterrent for potential heavy smokers.

     

    Things that are bad for us should include things that are bad for the environment. Imposing a heavier tax on oil fuel leads to less consumption of oil and we can expect to delay global warming.

     

    However, I hope that beer and wine are lightly taxed. They are essential for so many people to enjoy their lives.

     

     

    教師より

    You stated some good reasons why ‘things that are bad for us’ should be highly taxed.

     

    Actually, the example you wrote about imposing a high tax on cigarettes worked in New Zealand and Norway. For example in NZ a carton of cigarettes (20) costs 1,530 yen and in Norway 1,324 yen. That really helped reduce the number of smokers in both countries.

     

    I also think fast food should be highly taxed. I wish ‘health foods’ had a lower tax too.

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