Moses - Member
But most people die through long age-related illnesses anyway. Smoking kills us sooner, saving pensions as well. So the NHS won't benefit at all.
Mmm, complicated. Having people of working age die early or lose working time to illness is expensive, you invest 15-25 years in a fresh human to make them productive then they clock off early at 50 having soaked up expensive cancer treatment and been unavailable to work for ages, sure they're not drawing a pension but that's only one cost.
The calculations I've seen for net benefit always seem to focus only on the NHS, and on smokers only not passive smokers, so quite a small part of a big picture.