Thursday, February 7, 2008

Smoke 'Em if You Got 'Em

My friend Jamie Dettmer has an interesting post on Cato @ Liberty:

The study, undertaken by the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment in Holland, found that ultimately healthy people, who live on average four years longer than obese people and seven years longer than smokers, cost the health system about $417,000 from the age of 20 compared to $371,000 for obese people and $326,000 for smokers.
Would you look at that? Strike two against the smoking-ban argument. (Strike one is the infringement on business owners allowing their customers to smoke on private property).

1 comment:

Sapphire Eyes said...

I couldn't believe in when I saw it, but there was an article about the very same study in the left-leaning campus newspaper earlier this week.

As such, as a nonsmoker, I am changing my stance and am now in support of a public health care system. I'm going to need it when I get old, since I'm afraid the social security check won't cover my medical bills.