- Jun 29, 2010
I absolutely agree smoking affects our health costs, but there is already a strong anti-smoking campaign underway in the United States. I don't see an equally big one telling Americans to stop drinking soda (which is the biggest source of sugar and empty calories) or something similar.huser said:Compelling data, here's more.
The long and short of it, tobacco products as of 2000-2004 cost $193 Billion, with $96 billion in health care costs.
Second hand smoke costs 10 BILLION.
So while smoking might cost less than preventable diseases related to obesity, 10 BILLION dollars lost because complete bystanders had health issues sorta makes smokers villains even if we are simply using cold equations to quantify even a SINGLE person dying because some a-hole decides to go through a pack a day.
And of course the fallacy that every health related issue of diseases associated with obesity would disappear if everyone was super fit. Heart attacks, strokes, and diabetes would obviously still occur even among that hypothetical cohort. Much less prevalent? Sure.
And I normally go on the side of addressing increasing obesity, but smokers DO as a group suck for their poor health choices.