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I have never smoked and at times have been militantly anti-smoking but it seems unjust to suggest that smokers are a financial burden on the State. Contrast the one billion pounds on social care for smokers with the 12 billion raised from taxes on tobacco in the UK last year. Adequate funds should be diverted from this revenue to pay for the care needed. The medical consequences of smoking and the potential effect on others in themselves provide adequately strong arguments against smoking.