I'd point out that, while the Anti-Smoking lobby would have you believe that smokers are a burden on the Health Care System,. In fact, numerous studies in a variety of countries have shown the opposite. Smokers often tend to die early and quickly. Strokes can be very expensive but are also related to high fat diets, genetics, etc. On the other hand, the healthy lifestyle people hang on forever, getting hip replacements, knee surgeries, cataract removals, countless doctor visits and prescription drugs to keep them going.