Tobacco Cessation: State Economic Benefits

Georgia Facts

For every dollar Georgia spends on providing tobacco cessation treatments, it has an average potential return on investment of $1.28.

Smoking costs Georgia Millions of Dollars Every Year:

 Annual Cost to State
Direct Health Care Expenditures $2,896,331,711
Workplace Productivity Losses $2,442,863,677
Premature Death $3,708,503,163
Total Cost to State Economy $9,047,698,551

Put a different way, the average retail price of a pack of cigarettes in Georgia is $4.53. But the real price of a pack of cigarettes to society and to the state's economy is $16.06 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.

Georgia can Save Money by Providing Smoking Cessation Treatments:

 Average Potential Annual Savings
Direct Health Care Expenditures $7,086,454
Workplace Productivity Losses $15,050,547
Total Average Potential Annual Savings $22,137,001

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

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