Hat tip to Anna Raccoon blog where I found this gem:
What do you think could be more deadly to the elderly than smoking? The hydrogen bomb? Cyanide? Chavs? Thirteen years of Labour government? Ten years of Conservative government?
Surprise. it’s none of the above.
The real killer, deadlier than smoking, alcohol or lard sandwiches to old people is enjoying a peaceful retirement. Titter ye not, government health experts deadly (oops, pardon) serious. They are forming government policy round this notion as we speak.
Evidence is now emerging of the dangers associated with elderly people becoming lonely and isolated after retiring. David Halpern, a senior No.10 aide, said loneliness was a more powerful predictor of whether a pensioner would be alive for more than a decade than whether they smoked.
It seems that living in the house that you paid for, happily bereft of a partner with, spared the nightly ritual of agreeing that of course you dont mind watching Eastenders / Football, eating what you want, watching what you want, getting up when you want, going to bed when you want is a deadly danger, you are liable to drop dead at any moment.
Does smoking cause lung cancer? No, is the legal verdict.