Should the state provide free nicotine replacement?
December 28, 2010 3 Comments
At first light you would probably say, what a good idea. Smoking costs the NHS lots of money so why not a bit of encouragement? Well why? If you can afford to smoke you can certainly afford the various replacement schemes on offer.
If the state will pay for that will they actively fund the diet I will start next week. It will cost over £40 a week. But hang on. I used to buy food and now I will but this. Success isn’t down to whether the state pays for it but whether the will power is there. That applies to dieting just as it does to give up smoking. And let’s not forget that obesity related diseases will cost the NHS more than solely smoking related diseases, so if it’s a cost benefit issue I claim my money now please.
But I jest, for if I want to make a change that will be good for me, and will not lead to a greater expense (the same as giving up smoking) I do not need the state giving me a hand out to do it.