Tobacco Cessation: State Economic Benefits

Minnesota Facts

For every dollar Minnesota spends on providing tobacco cessation treatments, it has an average potential return on investment of $1.32.

Smoking costs Minnesota Millions of Dollars Every Year:

 Annual Cost to State
Direct Health Care Expenditures $2,342,496,371
Workplace Productivity Losses $1,293,164,755
Premature Death $1,516,299,589
Total Cost to State Economy $5,151,960,715

Put a different way, the average retail price of a pack of cigarettes in Minnesota is $5.53. But the real price of a pack of cigarettes to society and to the state's economy is $20.83 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.

Minnesota can Save Money by Providing Smoking Cessation Treatments:

 Average Potential Annual Savings
Direct Health Care Expenditures $6,278,667
Workplace Productivity Losses $7,530,296
Total Average Potential Annual Savings $13,808,964

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

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