Tobacco Cessation: State Economic Benefits

Pennsylvania Facts

For every dollar Pennsylvania spends on providing tobacco cessation treatments, it has an average potential return on investment of $1.23.

Smoking costs Pennsylvania Millions of Dollars Every Year:

 Annual Cost to State
Direct Health Care Expenditures $5,688,485,405
Workplace Productivity Losses $3,152,904,320
Premature Death $5,395,134,227
Total Cost to State Economy $14,236,523,952

Put a different way, the average retail price of a pack of cigarettes in Pennsylvania is $5.74. But the real price of a pack of cigarettes to society and to the state's economy is $20.16 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.

Pennsylvania can Save Money by Providing Smoking Cessation Treatments:

 Average Potential Annual Savings
Direct Health Care Expenditures $12,188,639
Workplace Productivity Losses $18,315,764
Total Average Potential Annual Savings $30,504,403

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

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