Government vs Electronic Cigarettes

It is the economic interest of any government that you contunue smoking and fill the state budget with tens of thousands of dollars in the years to come. And, of course, you better die 5-7 years before you would if you didn't smoke. Mind you, most smokers don't die in their thirties, forties or even fifties, which are productive years, as far as employment is concerned. They do in their late 60s and their 70s, thus sparing the state 5 years on average of providing pension for them.

Another one of my simple calculations, to remind you to do your own: an average pension in my country is about 400 dollars. Multiply 400 by 12 months and 5 years and you'll get 24.000 USD. So, first I made them one fortune, then I'm supposed to save them another one.

I haven't heard much talk about this life expentancy issue and money. Naturally, it's pretty elusive when you observe individuals. The answer is not based on them, though, but on groups as such. And smokers make a significant part of general population. 

I bet you make your government even richer than I do mine if you are a smoker living in USA, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and western Europe.

As I am writing all this, I feel ashamed - 47 years old and this is the first time I am actually putting this all on paper.

Let's go back to my calculation - 13.500 + probably more than 20.000 USD in saved money (pension) which makes more than 30.000 dollars . So, I made them 13.500 in 25 years, but I am supposed to save them 24.000 in only 5. My God, are they going to come after us e-smokers (vapers) as soon as our number significantly increases, which is a matter of months now.

You yourself probably wouldn't want me dead 5 years before I should be, because chances are that you are a nice person. Find me a nice government, I'll move this moment. Ok, Sweden and Norway maybe, but it's surely matter of the evolved public, not the politicians themselves.

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Written by Ljubica, @Switchtoecig, ex teacher, translator, passionate reader, ex smoker and now vaper, e-cig reviewer and vaping advocate.

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