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  •  Cigarettes reduce healthcare / social sec. costs (11+ / 0-)

    The issue is that everyone dies. Some people die quickly, some people die young, some live to old ages with years of health problems. If everyone quit smoking in the US today, we would see years of decreasing health care costs. Then, at some point, as people live longer, we would see the costs of long term care and the inevitable deterioration of age, as well as years of extra social security payments, cause the costs to rise.
    I am against sin taxes and cigarette smoking, but the issue that cigarette smoking costs society money is not straightforward.

    "You can die for Freedom, you just can't exercise it"

    by shmuelman on Sun Apr 14, 2013 at 04:57:15 PM PDT

    •  Absolutely True...... (7+ / 0-)

      With that in mind, we're already in a situation where smokers are paying extra for health care services consumed by other people (i.e. nonsmoking senior citizens who run up the highest health care bills).  And with every increase in cigarette taxes, smokers pay that much more for health care services disproportionately consumed by others.  It's the best-kept secret in America, and I wonder if politicians who demagogue about "sin taxes" know this and are just cynically taking advantage of a politically unpopular minority for path-of-least-resistance revenue....or if they lack the cognitive thinking skills to recognize that all they are doing is maximizing short-term revenues while maximizing long-term health care costs.

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