Tobacco Cessation: State Economic Benefits

Hawaii Facts

For every dollar Hawaii spends on providing tobacco cessation treatments, it has an average potential return on investment of $1.20.

Smoking costs Hawaii Millions of Dollars Every Year:

 Annual Cost to State
Direct Health Care Expenditures $444,702,858
Workplace Productivity Losses $215,228,739
Premature Death $449,648,655
Total Cost to State Economy $1,109,580,252

Put a different way, the average retail price of a pack of cigarettes in Hawaii is $7.45. But the real price of a pack of cigarettes to society and to the state's economy is $23.26 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.

Hawaii can Save Money by Providing Smoking Cessation Treatments:

 Average Potential Annual Savings
Direct Health Care Expenditures $891,315
Workplace Productivity Losses $1,332,610
Total Average Potential Annual Savings $2,223,925

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

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