Mask Still Life iii by Emil Nolde
Humans need to die faster if the rest of us expect to live longer.
We live too long and don’t die soon enough.
If others died sooner then there’d be more food, water, and fun for the rest of us.
It sounds unfair and cruel.
But so is life.
And Mr. Death?
He’s just a fact of life.
We all want to live.
We all want to be healthy, wealthy, and some of us want to be wise.
This all takes time.
But time is our enemy.
The main thing is that you die sooner so that I can live longer.
And vice versa.
Both of us need to make room for the next person.
Time is running out.
Space is running out.
Food and water are running out.
Wars are killing us.
So let’s do each other a favor by not living so long.
Stop living so long so that I can live a little bit longer, and
I’ll try to do the same for you.
IT'S ABOUT RENEWABLE RESOURCES AND LIFE!
Nonsmokers cost society for longer life
Posted: 04/08/2009 12:00:00 AM MDT
WASHINGTON -- Smoking takes years off your life and adds dollars to the cost of health care. Yet nonsmokers cost society money, too -- by living longer.
It's an element of the debate over tobacco that some economists and officials find distasteful.
House members described huge health-care costs associated with smoking as they approved landmark legislation last week giving the Food and Drug Administration authority to regulate tobacco products. No one mentioned the additional costs to society of caring for a nonsmoking population that lives longer.
Supporters of the FDA bill cited figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that smokers cost the country $96 billion a year in direct health-care costs, and an additional $97 billion a year in lost productivity.
A White House statement supporting the bill, which awaits action in the Senate, echoed the argument by contending that tobacco use "accounts for over $100 billion annually in financial costs to the economy."
However, smokers die about 10 years earlier than nonsmokers, according to the CDC, and those premature deaths provide a savings to Medicare, Social Security, private pensions and other programs.
Vanderbilt University economist Kip Viscusi studied the net costs of smoking-related spending and savings and found that for every pack of cigarettes smoked, the country reaps a net cost savings of 32 cents.
"It looks unpleasant or ghoulish to look at the cost savings as well as the cost increasesand it's not a good thing that smoking kills people," Viscusi said. "But if you're going to follow this health-cost train all the way, you have to take into account all the effects, not just the ones you like in terms of getting your bill passed."
Viscusi worked as a litigation expert for the tobacco industry in lawsuits by states but said that his research, which has been published in peer-reviewed journals, has never been funded by industry.
A Dutch study published last year in the Public Library of Science Medicine journal said that health-care costs for smokers were about $326,000 from age 20 on, compared with about $417,000 for thin and healthy people. The reason: The thin, healthy people lived much longer.