Tobacco Cessation: State Economic Benefits

Kentucky Facts

For every dollar Kentucky spends on providing tobacco cessation treatments, it has an average potential return on investment of $1.12.

Smoking costs Kentucky Millions of Dollars Every Year:

 Annual Cost to State
Direct Health Care Expenditures $1,777,694,030
Workplace Productivity Losses $1,259,405,054
Premature Death $2,637,245,760
Total Cost to State Economy $5,674,344,844

Put a different way, the average retail price of a pack of cigarettes in Kentucky is $4.76. But the real price of a pack of cigarettes to society and to the state's economy is $10.08 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.

Kentucky can Save Money by Providing Smoking Cessation Treatments:

 Average Potential Annual Savings
Direct Health Care Expenditures $2,532,924
Workplace Productivity Losses $5,552,093
Total Average Potential Annual Savings $8,085,017

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

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