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Smoking drives much of health care cost

The op-ed by Jack Meyer and Karoline Mortensen advocates practical policy solutions for health care reform ("Compromise needed on health care reform," July 26). Yet in the entire article there is no mention of the number one cause of disease in our country and in the world — cigarette smoking. There is no need to have advanced degrees in public policy to recognize this is a no-brainer.

It always irks me when articles discuss health care as if everyone is running to the hospital, eager to wait in waiting rooms of doctors and emergency wards as if it is an enjoyable experience. No one wants to visit doctors and end up in hospital, except perhaps the ones who throw caution to the wind and endanger themselves and everyone around them by choosing to smoke despite the facts.

Nicholas J. Delambo, Baltimore

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
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