That’s Right Nate

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Smoking Ban Costing Millions

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A friend of mine is a doctor.  He was recently at a party with other doctor types when one of the higher ups at the hospital brought up an excellent point.  These smoking bans are bringing health care costs up.  They will keep people alive longer and they’ll run up bigger health care bills.  I hadn’t really thought of it that way before, but it makes sense.  If we’re keeping people alive longer at the tail end of the system, its just going to cost more to keep them alive even longer.  We need to encourage people to smoke more–not ban it in public places.  Longer lifespans equal more people we have to take care of.  In other words, smoke ’em if you got ’em.


Written by thatsrightnate

May 11, 2008 at 10:31 am

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  1. Smoking bans have cleared out charity Bingo events across the country. In Minnesota alone the ban has directly led to a loss of one hundred million dollars per year for the poor. There is more here and the source of the story is the New York Times, not exactly a right-wing rag.


    May 11, 2008 at 1:18 pm

  2. Exactly why I don’t quit. I can’t afford a long old age.

    As far as clearing out bingo events, I imagine that’s temporary. We’ve had smoking bans just about everywhere indoors for a few years now, with bars and restaurants being among the last bans to be enacted. It was pretty sad for a while. Killed business at bars. Some did close up. But smokers have pretty much adjusted now and gotten used to new patterns – going out for smoke breaks, etc. and people went back to the bars and restaurants. I’m sure they won’t stay away from Bingo forever. That’s something of an addiction, too. Of course, what online gambling might be taking away from local bingo, I don’t know.


    May 11, 2008 at 8:47 pm

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