Tobacco Cessation: State Economic Benefits

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For every dollar Florida spends on providing tobacco cessation treatments, it has an average potential return on investment of $1.24.

Smoking costs Florida Millions of Dollars Every Year:

 Annual Cost to State
Direct Health Care Expenditures $7,280,523,491
Workplace Productivity Losses $4,405,486,192
Premature Death $7,940,936,572
Total Cost to State Economy $19,626,946,256

Put a different way, the average retail price of a pack of cigarettes in Florida is $5.63. But the real price of a pack of cigarettes to society and to the state's economy is $16.43 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.

Florida can Save Money by Providing Smoking Cessation Treatments:

 Average Potential Annual Savings
Direct Health Care Expenditures $16,375,818
Workplace Productivity Losses $27,770,362
Total Average Potential Annual Savings $44,146,180

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

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