Smokers pay more taxes in the UK thus covering their extra care costs.
The complaint that smokers will generate extra care costs after
surgery perhaps does not take the cost of taxation into account.
Cigarettes cost about £5 per 20.
Tax must be about £4 per pack.
A smoker on 100 cigarettes per week is therefore paying £20 per week more
tax than a non smoker per week - on previously taxed income.
Thus £1120 per year extra.
Over 30 years smoking: £33600 at todays prices.
Surely this covers the extra complication rate?
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