Vice Costs More Money Than Money That Exists

Cigarettes costs society $167 billion dollars a year in health costs and lost productivity. Sweet liquid bread costs us $185 billion dollars a year. McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s? $115 billion. And indulging in carnivorism alone costs over $1 trillion a year. The tab of costs to our economy, according to research by various interests groups, is truly astronomical.

Wow, who knew we were losing so much money? We know what you’re thinking: “How much does all this smoking, drinking, meat-eating, burger-munching cost us at the end of the day, if you add it all up?”

Good question. We were too lazy to break out the abacii, but luckily for you, gentle reader, the Guardian was not. So how much do our vices cost us? How much money do we spend a year on them? The Guardian’s answer is shocking:

We come up with a grand total of $7.39 trillion – well in excess of the $6.70 trillion that actually exists. That’s right, when you allow for the basic costs that we’ve all got to put up with, and the inevitable losses to criminals like Ken Lay and Ted Bundy, and then pile on the items that meddling little turds hate to see us enjoying, it all costs more money than there is.

We wonder how many people die each year, when you add it all up. We bet it’s comparably ludicrous.

Middle-class peeves cost more money than exists [Register]


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  1. Hawkins says:


    I wonder if a similar study could be done on seizures of illegal drugs. You know, the announcements from the Federales that say stuff like, “we seized 20 kg of cocaine, which, if cut and sold at retail to rich white kids in the suburbs would have an estimated street value of elevendy million dollars.”

    I bet if you added those up for a year you could prove conclusively that, every year, the War on Drugs prevents ALL THE MONEY IN AMERICA from being sucked out.

  2. airship says:

    The problem is that alarmists with an agenda will always cook the books to make the ‘facts’ support their cause. If I smoke, drink, don’t exercise, eat fatty foods, sleep with hookers, don’t brush my teeth, and worship Satan, when I get hit by a bus and die there are going to be three dozen different groups who claim my death was due to their pet sin. In the Real World (TM) there’s no such thing as a ‘fact’. It’s all just spin.

  3. CatMoran says:


    Smoking, not exercising and eating fatty foods could keep you from getting out of the way of the bus fast enough. Ditto for drinking, with the slowed reaction time.

    Poor dental hygiene could give you a toothache, leading to a headache, leading to you not noticing the bus.

    And worshipping Satan could make you suicidal, causing you to leap out in front of the bus.

    So you see, those vices all led to your death by bus! Eliminate everything but the hookers and you’ll live a lot longer.

  4. AcidReign says:

    …..Cooking the books is one thing, but a lot of dollar values spouted off to and by the media are just thrown out there for effect, with no documentation at all.