Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Smokers cost less

Apparently, against mainstream thinking, smokers cost less in health care than non-smokers. Idea is simple and rather obvious if you think about it: they die younger, requiring less long-term care than non-smokers, especially as the mean lifespan expands.

How can governments explain the huge tobacco taxation, to "recover extra costs of healthcare" for smokers? They'll make up anything to protect this "source of revenue"...

I mean, basically, people should be paid, not insignificant sums, for smoking!

I stopped smoking about 3 months ago - reading Allen Carr's book, Esay way to Stop Smoking and I'm happy. However, I still can't stand the bullying smokers are subjected to from all kinds of righteous pricks that can't understand this addiction!

Here's a link to a website about the subject: http://www.forces.org/evidence/evid/cost.htm and the original bit of news prompting my post (oldish): http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/health/15293006.html

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