Tobacco Cessation: State Economic Benefits

Illinois Facts

For every dollar Illinois spends on providing tobacco cessation treatments, it has an average potential return on investment of $1.29.

Smoking costs Illinois Millions of Dollars Every Year:

 Annual Cost to State
Direct Health Care Expenditures $4,810,489,409
Workplace Productivity Losses $2,938,557,477
Premature Death $5,000,576,948
Total Cost to State Economy $12,749,623,833

Put a different way, the average retail price of a pack of cigarettes in Illinois is $6.07. But the real price of a pack of cigarettes to society and to the state's economy is $21.99 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.

Illinois can Save Money by Providing Smoking Cessation Treatments:

 Average Potential Annual Savings
Direct Health Care Expenditures $12,211,603
Workplace Productivity Losses $20,153,783
Total Average Potential Annual Savings $32,365,386

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

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