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Time for new thinking on smoking : Comments

By David Leyonhjelm, published 5/7/2019

To add some perspective, a 25-pack of Marlboro now costs an eye-watering $34.95. That's $12,757 per year for a pack-a-day smoker.

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Hiya Hasbeen

Pull (or Light Up :) another one!

Nothing like the Bloated Medicare Taxes paid by NON SMOKERS

to cross subsidise disproportionately high numbers of SMOKER patients.
Posted by plantagenet, Friday, 5 July 2019 3:02:18 PM
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Nothing like the Bloated Medicare Taxes paid by NON SMOKERS
plantagenet,
pityful argument !
Posted by individual, Friday, 5 July 2019 5:30:26 PM
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Generally for a developed nation like ours smoking accounts for 15% of our health budget. Given that sits at over $80 billion that returns a figure of $12 billion.

However the cost to productivity drove that figure quite a bit higher.

"In 2000, Lightwood et al reported that the total economic costs of smoking, including productivity losses, amounted to 2.1%3.4% of GDP in Australia."

A quick back of the envelope calculation using the most conservative figure puts that at over $35 billion dollars a year. Yet we only pull $8 billion a year in tobacco excise.

So smokers really are freeloading off the rest of us.
Posted by SteeleRedux, Friday, 5 July 2019 5:34:29 PM
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Yeah INDIVIDUAL (I'm not!) and you HAS-BEAN you.

Wrap your pert lips around SteeleRedux's word of wisdom.

And as you need a sound spanking I recommend you read "Pete's Foggy Friday Poetical Affirmations"

at http://gentleseas.blogspot.com/2019/07/petes-foggy-friday-poetic-affirmations.html

Yours Fellow OLO Tosser

Poida da Great
Posted by plantagenet, Friday, 5 July 2019 5:57:59 PM
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Figurers quoted by health authority are $600 million cost of smoking related disease, $8 billion tax collected,

Sorry plantagenet, 1 don't ever pay any attention to anything SR posts, it is always some dreamed up bulldust. Great imagination that fellow, pity he has no grip on reality.

1ncidental 1 think people who waste money on smoking, drinking or gambling are bloody idiots. 1 would never have been able to enjoy my motor racing, 6 years of cruising my yacht around the Pacific islands, or my current stable of sports cars, if had been silly enough to so indulge.

Just because 1 don't do it myself, 1 still see no reason to rip of those who do.
Posted by Hasbeen, Friday, 5 July 2019 6:51:23 PM
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Giday Hasbeen

Re your idle boast? - YOUR "motor racing, 6 years of cruising [YOUR] yacht around the Pacific islands, or [YOUR] current stable of sports cars"

Whada filthy rich, yet "modest?", chick-magnet you must be!

Are the Ladies Lining Up at your door nightly for a serious crank Shafting?
Posted by plantagenet, Friday, 5 July 2019 7:58:06 PM
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