Tobacco Cessation: State Economic Benefits

Oregon Facts

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

Smoking costs Oregon Millions of Dollars Every Year:

 Annual Cost to State
Direct Health Care Expenditures $1,256,817,077
Workplace Productivity Losses $799,174,498
Premature Death $1,316,464,449
Total Cost to State Economy $3,372,456,025

Put a different way, the average retail price of a pack of cigarettes in Oregon is $5.08. 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.

Oregon can Save Money by Providing Smoking Cessation Treatments:

 Average Potential Annual Savings
Direct Health Care Expenditures $3,366,113
Workplace Productivity Losses $5,666,283
Total Average Potential Annual Savings $9,032,396

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

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