If they didn't buy ****, they'd buy something else which would also be taxed. They contribute little more than they otherwise would.
That reminds me when I was doing a summer job in the City once. No one was taking exception to smokers spending 10 minutes every hour smoking outdoors, whereas they would if I had a chat for 5 minutes to one of my colleagues about non-work related issues.
One of the issues with smokers and the NHS is that if you don't pay for their care through the NHS they will only end up costing more anyway through other benefits. It's one of these things. I am personally very myopic and get free eye test on the NHS because of that (Saving: £20!!!! but I am only allowed it every other year - hardly worth it). However I have to pay for special lenses which cost a fortune because they are not mass produced. The main problem with eyesight is that there is a wide range of options. What would you say for example if they NHS told you: "Okay we will sort you out for free but that will have to be those horrible plastic purple frames and really thick glass. Do you see what I mean? Where do you draw the line? nowadays many people wear lenses. That costs £1 per day. So that could be £365 per year for say 60 years. They would only increase taxes accordingly to pay for it so in the end you would probably end up paying anyway, just in a different way.
ummm, if people are on benefits then the NHS pays the optician fees. But smokers should pay nevertheless!
Goodness this thread has exploded. I shouldn't have gone out for the evening!
Wonder how much of the £10.5bn tax collected has come straight out of DSS cheques...
I think we should be offered MORE help towards our glasses, whether we smoke or not. I don't think you can justify one for the other tbh.
I get something like a free eyetest and £30 towards my glasses. My last pair cost me a total of £510, which I have to change yearly.
I don't begrudge anyone free NHS treatment, but I do have a problem with the pitiful help we do get in terms of 'eye healthcare' from the NHS.