Compose a brief editorial letter to the News & Observer that articulates an ethical argument either condemning or defending an excise tax increase on tobacco similar to what was proposed in Colorado in April 2019. Consider the arguments made in Sullum as well as the specificities of North Carolina as you craft your editorial. Try to convince the newspaper’s readership that your perspective is both ethical and in the best interest of the public’s health.
NOTE: Your editorial should be written at a 9th grade reading level or lower (Flesch-Kincaid). Check and report your readability score at the end of your editorial.