The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Dead smokers save money!

Jul 30, 2001

Dead smokers save governments money!

This was the conclusion drawn by a new study on the financial cost of smoking – paid for, just coincidentally, by Philip Morris, the international tobacco giant.

The study, done by a U.S. research firm, found that if people die earlier, less money is spent on their health care, housing costs and old-age pensions.

The study looked specifically at the Czech Republic, where Philip Morris controls over 80% of the tobacco market. But the researchers said their study’s conclusions could apply elsewhere.

What’s next for Philip Morris? Will it develop a more quick-killing cigarette? Will it ask for another tax write-off – for saving the government tons of money!?