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FACT CHECK: Do smokers cost society money?

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posted on Apr, 8 2009 @ 09:21 AM
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FACT CHECK: Do smokers cost society money?


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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Smoking takes years off your life and adds dollars to the cost of health care. Yet nonsmokers cost society money, too - by living longer.

It's an element of the debate over tobacco that some economists and officials find distasteful.

House members described huge health care costs associated with smoking as they approved landmark legislation last week giving the Food and Drug Administration authority to regulate tobacco products. No one mentioned the additional costs to society of caring for a nonsmoking population that lives longer.

Supporters of the FDA bill cited figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that smokers cost the country $96 billion a year in direct health care costs, and an additional $97 billion a year in lost productivity.

A White House statement supporting the bill, which awaits action in the Senate, echoed the argument by contending that tobacco use "accounts for over a $100 billion annually in financial costs to the economy."

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posted on Apr, 8 2009 @ 09:21 AM
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We have found the key to saving the economy, smoking.



Vanderbilt University economist Kip Viscusi studied the net costs of smoking-related spending and savings and found that for every pack of cigarettes smoked, the country reaps a net cost savings of 32 cents.


Interesting study, and I can see why the government shy's away from this kind of news. Wouldn't do their re-election hopes anygood to tell us dieing early is good for the economy.


A Dutch study published last year in the Public Library of Science Medicine journal said that health care costs for smokers were about $326,000 from age 20 on, compared to about $417,000 for thin and healthy people.


Thats quite differnece in cost considering non-smokers only live a average of 10 years more than a smoker. Factor in the anit-smoking campaigns and push for healthier diet, we might end up killing the economy simply by living to long.





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posted on Apr, 8 2009 @ 09:42 AM
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This has been my argument on the tax's..

Smokers die a average of ten years faster.

10 year's of social securty add's up...

In the long run NON smoker's are the drain on america's economy.

I know it sound's mean...But there already old die already don't bankrupt america...


old folk's home's medical insurance for the old.....Doctor bill's..bed sore's...
Sorry they can keep it all...i will smoke die 10 year's before that happens to me lol

and save america ....Don't leech social seurity Non smoker's shoot yourself walk in traffic ..something. when you get old....
LEECHER'S....



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