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IN RESPONSE: Smoker hacks into insurance cost claims of ban backers. By: Tyler Ritchel

April 23, 2012

In today’s news paper we had an article about the meth of smoking by Tyler Ritchel.

The writer is convinced that smoking is:

a)      Good for you (no harm from smoking or second hand smoking)

b)      Since Smoker die young it’s the healthy people that live until 100 cost insurance companies $$$

Boy oh boy where do I start with this one, how can a sane person argue with a logic like this? I’m surprised the writer didn’t go as far as saying Drugs and Alcohol are good for you that living without them is a major sin. I’m shocked at the newspaper for publishing such a rant with no data to prove his claim!

The best part when reading his argument above are some of the comments where his supporters do think that it’s the “non smokers” lobbying who created this meth and went after it!

One thing I’m glad Tyler Ritchel did in his article is signing is DNR.  When his lungs turn (if not already) black from smoking and he has a bad case of emphysema then no need to put him on oxygen, to that I say thank you.

I do not blame Mr. Ritchel for his views, living in southern Indiana and close to the Tobacco State (Kentucky & West Virginia) being in an area that is ranked low among 25 years and older with College degrees (19%) according to State of Indiana ( compared to 50% for our capital (Indianapolis), from what you can see those factors affect his thinking, not to mention Evansville being the capital of obesity and Meth production and the poor guy has no chance but to speak in unknown language or as he puts it BLAH BLAH BLAH

The CDC states that over 400K people die each year from smoking or exposure to it but the good news is that this country is seeing a decline in smokers which reached 19% now from 44% in 1965. Hello Tyler, looks like there are less of you out there and more none smoker spending their $$ on other things besides smoking, so unless you own a Tobacco business you are in good shape.

Tobacco use costs the United States billions of dollars each year.

  • Cigarette smoking costs more than $193 billion (i.e., $97 billion in lost productivity plus $96 billion in health care expenditures).1
  • Secondhand smoke costs more than $10 billion (i.e., health care expenditures, morbidity, and mortality).2

This poor soul Tyler Ritchel stands no chance when he lives in a poor economic area like Evansville and surrounding counties, we can’t blame him for his thinking, but just feel sorry for him and wish him luck in his speedy demise.

But then again if whatever statistics and government data we give him, he will have same argument, government can’t tell me what to do…. He must have forgotten he lives in a civilized society run by law, the government already tells him to wear a seat belt, not drinking and driving, no smoking weeds, pay your taxes, etc.

What would Mr. Ritchel do when he is faced with natural disaster? Call the government for help of course.  Or you only pick and choose what you like from laws and disregard the others!

Finally, if you think your business will flourish by keeping smoking (it’s your right), you only need to look at the big boys. Do you think if McDonald, Starbucks and major hotel chains felt they will lose revenue by going smoke free they would have done it?

Get on with program, law is the law, move to third world country if you wish and smoke away.


  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Smoking-Attributable Mortality, Years of Potential Life Lost, and Productivity Losses—United States, 2000–2004. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 2008;57(45):1226–8 [accessed 2012 Jan 24].
  2. Behan DF, Eriksen MP, Lin Y. Economic Effects of Environmental Tobacco Smoke Report
    (PDF–546.49 KB) Schaumburg, IL: Society of Actuaries; 2005 [accessed 2012 Jan 24].


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