Tobacco Cessation: State Economic Benefits

Alabama Facts

For every dollar Alabama spends on providing tobacco cessation treatments, it has an average potential return on investment of $1.34.

Smoking costs Alabama Millions of Dollars Every Year:

 Annual Cost to State
Direct Health Care Expenditures $1,743,616,449
Workplace Productivity Losses $1,153,192,440
Premature Death $2,724,264,420
Total Cost to State Economy $5,621,073,309

Put a different way, the average retail price of a pack of cigarettes in Alabama is $4.56. But the real price of a pack of cigarettes to society and to the state's economy is $16.10 per pack.

This is money that the state government and consumers could be spending in other places. As states look for ways to reduce costs, helping people quit using tobacco is an important solution.

Alabama can Save Money by Providing Smoking Cessation Treatments:

 Average Potential Annual Savings
Direct Health Care Expenditures $4,828,589
Workplace Productivity Losses $10,737,824
Total Average Potential Annual Savings $15,566,414

Helping smokers quit is an important opportunity to not only save lives, but also save Alabama money.

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