Tobacco Cessation: State Economic Benefits

Iowa Facts

For every dollar Iowa spends on providing tobacco cessation treatments, it has an average potential return on investment of $1.26.

Smoking costs Iowa Millions of Dollars Every Year:

 Annual Cost to State
Direct Health Care Expenditures $1,097,097,263
Workplace Productivity Losses $711,752,151
Premature Death $1,178,693,990
Total Cost to State Economy $2,987,543,403

Put a different way, the average retail price of a pack of cigarettes in Iowa is $5.54. But the real price of a pack of cigarettes to society and to the state's economy is $18.83 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.

Iowa can Save Money by Providing Smoking Cessation Treatments:

 Average Potential Annual Savings
Direct Health Care Expenditures $2,543,917
Workplace Productivity Losses $4,383,512
Total Average Potential Annual Savings $6,927,429

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

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