The reasons that the smokers had lower lifetime health care costs is that the life time was MUCH shorter than non smokers...
I wouldn't agree that it's MUCH shorter, but it could be a few percent shorter.
I thought this was interesting. It was about genes and smoking. Dr. Chris Amos, a genetic epidemiologist at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and lead author of one of the studies. The studies were led by researchers in France, Iceland and the US and published in the journals Nature and Nature Genetics.
"All smokers and former smokers have a 15% greater risk of developing lung cancer, the deadliest of all cancers, than non-smokers, researchers said."
15% ?? !! ??
I know many more people who died of lung cancer and never smoked, than smokers.
Smoking is undesirable for other reasons, but I was kind of shocked by the 15% thing.