If twenty percent of the adult population smoke, that’s one person in five who smoke, and four out of five who don’t.
If one adult patient in twenty is in hospital because of some ‘smoking related illness’ (which as we all know, means they smoke, so if they have a sprained wrist it’s smoking-related) then nineteen out of twenty people in hospital are non-smokers.
Which means that if you don’t smoke, you are far more likely to end up in hospital, and therefore more likely to cost the NHS money, that those who do.
And our smoker taxes are subsidising your treatment.
Not-smoking is a lifestyle choice and I don’t see why we smokers have to pay for your choices. Not-smoking is costing the NHS nineteen times as much as smoking, according to ASH’s own figures, therefore smoking should be encouraged and non-smokers denied treatment until they light up.
There you are, ASH, how do you bloody well like it?
Your game, your rules and your figures.