Tobacco Cessation: State Economic Benefits

The District of Columbia Facts

For every dollar The District of Columbia spends on providing tobacco cessation treatments, it has an average potential return on investment of $1.94.

Smoking costs The District of Columbia Millions of Dollars Every Year:

 Annual Cost to State
Direct Health Care Expenditures $478,746,704
Workplace Productivity Losses $138,562,152
Premature Death $258,323,445
Total Cost to State Economy $875,632,302

Put a different way, the average retail price of a pack of cigarettes in District of Columbia is $6.99. But the real price of a pack of cigarettes to society and to the state's economy is $47.53 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.

The District of Columbia can Save Money by Providing Smoking Cessation Treatments:

 Average Potential Annual Savings
Direct Health Care Expenditures $2,385,876
Workplace Productivity Losses $1,977,914
Total Average Potential Annual Savings $4,363,789

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

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