Tobacco Cessation: State Economic Benefits

Missouri Facts

For every dollar Missouri spends on providing tobacco cessation treatments, it has an average potential return on investment of $1.38.

Smoking costs Missouri Millions of Dollars Every Year:

 Annual Cost to State
Direct Health Care Expenditures $2,722,117,320
Workplace Productivity Losses $1,528,381,198
Premature Death $2,951,242,068
Total Cost to State Economy $7,201,740,586

Put a different way, the average retail price of a pack of cigarettes in Missouri is $4.29. But the real price of a pack of cigarettes to society and to the state's economy is $12.86 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.

Missouri can Save Money by Providing Smoking Cessation Treatments:

 Average Potential Annual Savings
Direct Health Care Expenditures $8,175,383
Workplace Productivity Losses $13,453,731
Total Average Potential Annual Savings $21,629,114

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

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