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Should obese people pay extra tax

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    Fat tax for all the money they need when their obesity causes ill health and a strain on the NHS? Or is that just unnecessary as some people just can't help it.
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    No I am totally against it. Besides if we had private health care it wouldn't matter. But even with the NHS, I am against "fat tax".
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    Yes.
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    Yeah there should
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    No way man.
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    What about people who drink alcohol, or take drugs?? Tax none of them or tax them all.
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    Nope.
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    What about people that smoke too then? And those people who sleep around and get STI's. Or people that do dangerous sports.
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    (Original post by chingquey)
    What about people who drink alcohol, or take drugs?? Tax none of them or tax them all.
    Pretty much.
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    (Original post by sigstuff)
    What about people that smoke too then? And those people who sleep around and get STI's. Or people that do dangerous sports.
    Exactly, I totally agree. Good point.
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    (Original post by sigstuff)
    What about people that smoke too then? And those people who sleep around and get STI's. Or people that do dangerous sports.
    I agree with this too, if not more than 'fat tax'
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    if you did that you'd have to have a smoking tax. and whenever someone ended up in hospital due to drinking you'd have t charge them. And if someone played a dangerous sport and broke their arm... You could never draw the line. You can nearly always argue that stuff is self inflicted.
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    (Original post by chingquey)
    What about people who drink alcohol, or take drugs?? Tax none of them or tax them all.
    Yeh I agree, but this is about obese people.
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    i hate this whole train of thinking.

    should people who go on the pill pay extra taxes because they're more at risk of cancer?

    should people who engage in dangerous sports pay extra taxes because they're more at risk of broken limbs?

    should people who get pregnant pay extra taxes because giving birth is a cost to the NHS?

    where exactly would you like to draw the line?

    edit: as i was a bit slow off the mark i'll go ahead and say no, I don't think there should be a 'fat tax'
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    They already tax alcohol and tobacco.
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    aaw i was waay beaten to it
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    (Original post by Imilan)
    They already tax alcohol and tobacco.
    and food...
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    (Original post by The_Goose)
    and food...
    Yeah, but isn't that just VAT? Not a separate tax per se.
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    (Original post by Yazr)
    Yeh I agree, but this is about obese people.
    I know dummy, thats why I said, tax them all or tax none of them...that applies to this thread
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    Like how chocolate biscuits have VAT on them but normal digestive biscuits dont... bizarre really.

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