Doc Daneeka: That's not a paradox, that's just idiocy.Who the hell would simply average longevity statistics among a group of individuals of widely different ages, and try to draw any kind of conclusion from it. Just sloppy statistics.
ArmednHammered: Of course it is, look at how many hours of stress free time smokers get to be away from their desks every day.Where I work, smokers get a minimum of 2.5 hours a day more breaks than non-smokers. I've taken to going out there with candy cigarettes just to get caught up. Not a single manager has dared to say a word for fear that their smoke breaks would get cut.
goatleggedfellow: No Simpsons joke?Subby should die in a fire tractor accident.[i.imgur.com image 466x334]
ZoeNekros: I was actually thinking about this earlier, in conjunction with the claim that smokers end up costing less health care wise in virtue of dying younger--and the analog, that obese people die younger and hence suck up less health care costs. These claims are generally given to argue that smokers and obese people should not have to pay higher premiums. But, this is really sloppy.The problem is, end of life care is very expensive. The two main "natural" causes of death are cancer and heart problems (esp. heart disease), which as we know smoking and obesity bring on earlier. If smoking and obesity take off an average of 10 years each, then it makes sense that a 50 year old smoker (or obese person) would pay the rates of a 60 year old since they are as likely to be entering into end of life care.The same point might be reached from the other direction by noting that, even if smokers and obese people statistically cost slightly less over their lifetimes, they would put much less into the pool if they were paying the same rates.
Harry_Seldon: [3.bp.blogspot.com image 304x400]
RogermcAllen: Well duh. They prevent cancer by blocking all of the radiation floating around in the atmosphere.[i.imgur.com image 850x455]
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