NOTE: This post is being broken into multiple parts as I will not be able to finish all of it in one writing.
While reading the news tonight I happen to notice this article. New Jersey Gov. Christie included in his 2015 budget proposal, a tax on e-cigarettes that would make them just as expensive as traditional combustible cigarettes. The tax hike would raise an estimated $35 million for the state. Minnesota is the only state so far that has passed an e-cigarette tax.
All I can say to this kind of foolishness is that Gov. Christie is the type of person that thinks that money is worth more than a person's life. For a man to think this way he has to be a greedy person or else he doesn’t know what he is talking about. E-cigarettes have a health benefit and that matters more than 35 million dollars. For 66 years I smoked and I thought was in good health. Then one night just sitting at my computer I had a heart attack.
My son called for an ambulance and I was taken to the ER at the Gatineau hospital. Once at the hospital they took x rays and found out that the vein leading to my heart was blocked by a blood clot. Then I was sent home after the cardiologist took the blood colt out and put in a stent. Then I was given a prescription for pills, to lighten my blood. All of this was important but I was still smoking.
What I needed to for the sake of my own life, was to quit smoking. After 66 years, that's not an easy thing to do. This is why my personal experience is a good anecdotal explanation of why Governor Christie's decisions don't make sense.
To be continued....