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originally posted by: everyonedies
In my country, many poor people smoke even though a regular pack costs USD 8.
Smoking to me show that the person has low self control.
originally posted by: TiredofControlFreaks
a reply to: neutronflux
Yes it is an absolutely false statement that smokers affect the cost of your healthcare. In fact, smokers subsidize your health care. Not only do smokers pay more in taxes than it costs the government to pay for smoker's healthcare, smokers die younger than non-smokers.
It is non-smokers who clog up the senior citizen's centres for 10 years before death that really cost the system.
Smoking was associated with a greater mean annual healthcare cost of €1600 per living individual during follow-up. However, due to a shorter lifespan of 8.6 years, smokers’ mean total healthcare costs during the entire study period were actually €4700 lower than for non-smokers. For the same reason, each smoker missed 7.3 years (€126 850) of pension. Overall, smokers’ average net contribution to the public finance balance was €133 800 greater per individual compared with non-smokers. However, if each lost quality adjusted life year is considered to be worth €22 200, the net effect is reversed to be €70 200 (€71.600 when adjusted with propensity score) per individual in favour of non-smoking.