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Chris Champion

Columnist, contributor to Alberta Report Magazine

A landmark 1992 study by Quebec researchers Andre Raynauld and Jean-Pierre Vidal estimated the cost of smoking to non-smokers was $24 million in 1986. But because smokers die earlier, they showed a net transfer to non-smokers of $1.4 billion in saved pensions alone. Add smokers' excise taxes and there was a $4.3 billion net transfer from smokers to non-smokers.

Jul. 8, 1996 - from "The price of golden eggs", Alberta Report