Tobacco Cessation: State Economic Benefits

Louisiana Facts

For every dollar Louisiana spends on providing tobacco cessation treatments, it has an average potential return on investment of $1.47.

Smoking costs Louisiana Millions of Dollars Every Year:

 Annual Cost to State
Direct Health Care Expenditures $1,764,451,605
Workplace Productivity Losses $864,054,128
Premature Death $2,423,618,470
Total Cost to State Economy $5,052,124,203

Put a different way, the average retail price of a pack of cigarettes in Louisiana is $4.55. But the real price of a pack of cigarettes to society and to the state's economy is $13.90 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.

Louisiana can Save Money by Providing Smoking Cessation Treatments:

 Average Potential Annual Savings
Direct Health Care Expenditures $6,077,158
Workplace Productivity Losses $11,323,464
Total Average Potential Annual Savings $17,400,622

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

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