Cigarette tax the way to prevent many wild fires

Perhaps it is time to make those responsible for starting so many of the fires pay.

Perhaps it is time to make those responsible for starting so many of the fires in our forests responsible for part of the cost of controlling those fires.

Let’s slap a $5 per pack firefighting tax on cigarettes and $1,000 per vehicle new or used where the vehicle is not equipped with ashtrays. It has been pointed out to me that despite the fact that cars are still equipped with electric lighters, they are not equipped with ashtrays.

A cost-saving move by the manufacturers? Don’t want to pay the tax? Don’t smoke!

Ross Grant

Crofton