What is that impact?Since the consequences of smoking is such a huge impact to health care costs
If you died immediately that might be true. Think emphysema, COPD, cancer….you don’t die quickly or inexpensively.What is that impact?
Smoking can give you cancer and kill you prematurely.
How does it cost more if you die prematurely? I would have thought getting very old and dying of various ailments over a number of years would cost a lot more.
Started smoking when they were 75 cents. I quit smoking when the price hit $2. Quit cold Turkey. I was working in promotional marketing for our client Phillip Morris at the time and had a garage full of cigarettes to distribute at bars and nightclubs. Now they are $10 a pack with most of it tax today cover smoker’s futures health care (yeah right) and people still buy their daily pack of death nails.The smart answer to these types of things is legalize and tax the shit out of it - the price will then narrow the field. Sin tax is effective, from what I’ve seen
It stops where the voters tell it to stop. "Government" is us, at least in a democracy. Or a reasonable facsimile thereof.While I am not generally in favor of nanny government deciding personal habits - think prohibition or legislating away red meat…..I have to say this strikes me as a good idea. Since the consequences of smoking is such a huge impact to health care costs it might be worth the intrusion. It does beg the question…..where does government stop when choosing which harmful habits to outlaw?