Tobacco Cessation: State Economic Benefits

Arkansas Facts

For every dollar Arkansas spends on providing tobacco cessation treatments, it has an average potential return on investment of $1.31.

Smoking costs Arkansas Millions of Dollars Every Year:

 Annual Cost to State
Direct Health Care Expenditures $1,053,044,285
Workplace Productivity Losses $667,025,407
Premature Death $1,695,771,317
Total Cost to State Economy $3,415,841,009

Put a different way, the average retail price of a pack of cigarettes in Arkansas is $5.45. But the real price of a pack of cigarettes to society and to the state's economy is $16.66 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.

Arkansas can Save Money by Providing Smoking Cessation Treatments:

 Average Potential Annual Savings
Direct Health Care Expenditures $2,773,922
Workplace Productivity Losses $6,224,064
Total Average Potential Annual Savings $8,997,986

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

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