Tobacco Cessation: State Economic Benefits

Arizona Facts

For every dollar Arizona spends on providing tobacco cessation treatments, it has an average potential return on investment of $1.20.

Smoking costs Arizona Millions of Dollars Every Year:

 Annual Cost to State
Direct Health Care Expenditures $1,869,817,462
Workplace Productivity Losses $1,277,475,328
Premature Death $1,909,693,894
Total Cost to State Economy $5,056,986,683

Put a different way, the average retail price of a pack of cigarettes in Arizona is $6.38. But the real price of a pack of cigarettes to society and to the state's economy is $26.57 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.

Arizona can Save Money by Providing Smoking Cessation Treatments:

 Average Potential Annual Savings
Direct Health Care Expenditures $3,641,911
Workplace Productivity Losses $6,207,765
Total Average Potential Annual Savings $9,849,677

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

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