Tobacco Cessation: State Economic Benefits

California Facts

For every dollar California spends on providing tobacco cessation treatments, it has an average potential return on investment of $1.40.

Smoking costs California Millions of Dollars Every Year:

 Annual Cost to State
Direct Health Care Expenditures $11,627,854,726
Workplace Productivity Losses $5,689,790,811
Premature Death $9,556,250,268
Total Cost to State Economy $26,873,895,804

Put a different way, the average retail price of a pack of cigarettes in California is $5.17. But the real price of a pack of cigarettes to society and to the state's economy is $27.07 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.

California can Save Money by Providing Smoking Cessation Treatments:

 Average Potential Annual Savings
Direct Health Care Expenditures $36,182,461
Workplace Productivity Losses $47,441,192
Total Average Potential Annual Savings $83,623,653

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

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