What the heck is going on with the estimated health-related costs of smoking? The generally accepted and publicised sum has been about $250 million and remember smoking rates are decreasing;
And here according to the Ministry of Health;
H3) What are the economic and other costs of smoking?
Smoking costs all New Zealanders. It:
* costs our health system over $200 million per year (1992 dollars) to treat smoking-related illnesses
But the DomPost this morning is saying;
This is blatantly about building public support for tax hikes and turning non-smokers against smokers who have apparently overnight incurred a 760 percent increase in their health bill.
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