Follow us:

Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

June 16, 2009 at 4:36 PM

Tobacco regulation

It’s not the only product

taxpayers shouldn’t subsidize

Editor, The Times:

In [“Big tobacco finally loses,” editorial, June 12], you argued that “there is no good reason for taxpayers to continue to subsidize [tobacco production].” I agree. Taxpayers should not be forced to pay for the production of a product that has led to people living unhealthy lifestyles. However, tobacco is hardly the only problem.

For example, the government has spent nearly $40 billion during the past decade subsidizing corn production. As a result, it is much cheaper to make food with high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS). While no type of sugar is healthy, there is a strong correlation between the rise in use of HFCS and the rise of obesity in the United States.

Also, many studies suggest that HFCS is unhealthier than pure sugar and can alter natural metabolic processes. The government should consider these types of unintended health consequences before handing out subsidies.

— Jeffrey McCoy, Seattle

Comments | More in tobacco

COMMENTS

No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech, no profanity. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. See our Commenting FAQ.



The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.


The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited seattletimes.com access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►