Re: WHY stop smoking?
Couple of interesting points raised here.
The government will certainly lose out on revenue as tobacco sales fall, and they will continue to fall long-term, because what will be created is a different culture. The harder it becomes to smoke, the more inconvenient it will become to start, so less young people will take it up as time goes by.
One of the results of less people smoking is that more people will live longer. That costs the government more money - pensions, benefits, medical care, etc. I have seen figures that clearly demonstrate that a heavy smoker/drinker that dies of cancer or cirrhosis or something similar before 70 is comparatively cheap compared to a "healthy" 100 year old.
The big problem for the future, and it is massive, is how are we going to be able to raise enough taxation revenue to cope with our ageing population?
The old-age pension was introduced on the basis that it could provide a means of support for people "in the unlikely event" that they exceeded 65! That theory has long been blown away and frankly the figures don't come anywhere near to adding up now - it doesn't bear thinking about what the situation will be in 20 or 30 years time.
Perhaps I should add that I am a lifelong smoker, and I fully accept that it is disgusting and that I have no right to inflict it on anyone else. However I now spend aproximately half what I used to spend in my local boozer. Maybe I should be putting that directly into a pension fund!