Tobacco Cessation: State Economic Benefits

Alaska Facts

For every dollar Alaska spends on providing tobacco cessation treatments, it has an average potential return on investment of $1.19.

Smoking costs Alaska Millions of Dollars Every Year:

 Annual Cost to State
Direct Health Care Expenditures $337,046,122
Workplace Productivity Losses $193,845,777
Premature Death $201,309,300
Total Cost to State Economy $732,201,199

Put a different way, the average retail price of a pack of cigarettes in Alaska is $6.92. But the real price of a pack of cigarettes to society and to the state's economy is $23.30 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.

Alaska can Save Money by Providing Smoking Cessation Treatments:

 Average Potential Annual Savings
Direct Health Care Expenditures $635,220
Workplace Productivity Losses $744,736
Total Average Potential Annual Savings $1,379,955

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

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