Smoking and Healthcare costs
An argument used to justify anti-smoking laws was that smoking increases healthcare costs -- as if that meant that it was OK for the government to then tell you what you can do with your body as a cost savings measure. Yea, exterminating people at 30 saves healthcare dollars as well, so what? We don't need Logan's Run. On top of that, the whole idea was faked. Canada did a study that found that the lifetime costs of smokers healthcare was far less than the average, which makes sense to the non-mouth breathers.
- Most healthcare costs are in the last few years of life.
- Smokers die quicker (on average) -- meaning they cost less over their lives!
That means the justification used to ban smoking should be used to encourage it, and we should charge smokers LESS for healthcare, and start giving kickbacks for skydivers and stunt pilots. If you really want to save healthcare costs, ban leftist know-nothing idiots from interfering with others lives: imagine how much that de-stresser will save society.
If we costs really mattered:
- Think of the enforcement costs alone, not to mention imprisonment costs, or in the lost revenues to businesses and society (in taxes).
- Some businesses (certain bars or restaurants) report 20-40% decreased sales -- that means all their workers made that much less in tips (if they were able to keep their jobs).
- Think of the jobs lost.
Those costs far far outweigh the healthcare costs. Let's persecute them for a while, and see how they like it. How about a stupidity tax and a special tax for those that support too many taxes! Think of the savings!?! (I am being sarcastic... but only a little).