Why do I try to understand why stupid people do stupid things? I guess I can’t help myself.
Why do high school dropouts smoke at a rate that is 4 times the level of college graduates? Are they just so stupid that they don’t understand how bad smoking is to their health? Or are they so stupid that they are lured into smoking by advertising propaganda? Or do they smoke because they see other stupid people smoking?
Of course, high school dropouts and most stupid people don’t make much money, because they’re stupid. The higher your income, the less likely you are to smoke.
This brings me to the part that boggles my common sense financially driven mind. The chart below from Zero Hedge was meant to compare prices in cities across the globe. Now I know why people aren’t flocking to Australia and New Zealand. What caught my attention was the fact that it costs between $8 and $12 for a pack of cigarettes in the United States. If someone is stupid enough to smoke, they are probably stupid enough to become addicted. Someone with a pack per day addiction would spend approximately $3,500 per year on cigarettes. We know that the vast majority of smokers make less than $35,000 per year of income. Many of these people are spending 10% to 20% of their annual income on a disgusting, health destroying habit. These are the same people who are being subsidized with Section 8 housing, food stamps, Obama phones, free internet, and other welfare payments. They are using their earned income credits to buy smokes. That means your tax dollars are buying those smokes. When these people come down with the usual health problems from smoking a pack a day, they just go onto SSDI and Medicare.
Let’s continue to subsidize bad behavior and I’m sure it will end well.