It may be helpful to regard this as a modest proposal sort of thing. Or, then again, it may not...
"A medical friend once told me that if everybody in the UK were to stop smoking, the NHS would collapse. I thought she was offering that old chestnut about smokers and drinkers handing over billions to the state in tax, but it was more subtle argument than that. Her point was that it's much cheaper to treat a 50-year-old who's taking 18 months to die of lung cancer than it is to treat a 90-year-old who's spent the last 20 years slowly fading away from a cocktail of osteoporosis, angina, pneumonia, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and non-specific decrepitude..."
Read the full spiel here.
And in a similarly glum mood, RIP Roy Scheider, who effectively recorded his own wake nearly 30 years ago.