Your comment is typical of the average person in that "if it doesn't affect me, I don't care."
Let me just suggest, Jill, that you may not be a smoker, but YOU will be next.
From the American Cancer Society 2011:
Approximately 1,596,607 people will be diagnosed with cancer in 2011. *does not include skin cancers which are not required to be reported . (see below)
Approximately 571,950 are expected to die.
Approximately 171,600 are expected to die due to tobacco use.
Approximately 190,650 are expected to die due to obesity and/or physical inactivity
Approximately 220,620 are expected to die due to other causes of cancer.
Approximately 2,000,000 people per year are diagnosed with skin cancers.
Approximately 230,480 woman are diagnosed with breast cancer
Approximately 78% of all cancers are diagnosed in people over 55.
Who's at risk of developing Cancer? Everyone. Slightly less than 1 in 2 men and slightly more than 1 in 3 women.
About 5% of all cancers are strongly hereditary.
Of the 1,596,507 people diagnosed with cancer, 221,130 will be diagnosed with Lung Cancer, the major cause of smokers cancer.
The remaining are Breast, Kidney, Liver, Child cancer, leukemia, pancreatic, prostate, colon, rectum, lymphoma, ovary, oral, thyroid and bladder. (again, not including 2 million skin cancer)
I think the stats speak for themselves. Smokers have always been abused by taxes and the healthcare system, but as you can see, there are more of you out there than them. So, maybe your mother or grandfather died of cancer....guess who's gonna pay the bill via mandated healthcare penalty? You my dear.
Affordable Healthcare Act is not about medicine, it's about control and eventually it will control all of us, even you.