i drink soda (rarely) for the caffeine. i don't drink coffee, and gotta get my pick me up somewhere.
also my original post was that i appreciate smokers because in socialized medicine (which the us is moving towards), smoking is a 'boon' to the system in the sense that it kills people off younger and thus allows society to avoid the burden of paying for expensive end-of-life care
this is stupid.
chemotherapy/increasingly expensive cancer treatments...are one thing (because, you know, socialised medicine/civilised countries the government pays for that stuff),
the more important thing is the fact that it will often cut them off in the prime of their working life. Massive, massive loss of taxation income.