I was only half paying attention but I think she was calling from the US. She called into Jon Faine's radio program to complain about increasing taxes in Australia for smokers.
I need to think about this an awful lot more but she would not concede that smoking was bad for your health yet she seemed to recognise that smokes die younger. I need to think about what follows because there could be some logic in it. I immediately thought of the movie, Thank You for Smoking. One argument in the movie by the spinner was that it was not in the tobacco company's interest for smokers to die prematurely. The company does not poison them. They want them alive and continue to consume their product.
But what the US lady was arguing was about the cost to to health care systems by smokers. She argued that smokers cost society less. They die prematurely, and therefore the cost to society is less for health care and less for pensions and other care.
There could be some logic to this. I am not sure. Dame M, a heavy smoker, died at the age of 82. Had she not smoked, perhaps she could have lived to be 100. If she had to choose, I expect she would have chosen the path she took. While she was delighted at her minions being always there, she was not really someone who would want to 'be cared for'.
Clearing decks, wait for some more brief and poor posts.