Tobacco Cessation: State Economic Benefits

Rhode Island Facts

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

Smoking costs Rhode Island Millions of Dollars Every Year:

 Annual Cost to State
Direct Health Care Expenditures $595,304,443
Workplace Productivity Losses $232,831,873
Premature Death $433,271,611
Total Cost to State Economy $1,261,407,928

Put a different way, the average retail price of a pack of cigarettes in Rhode Island is $8.12. But the real price of a pack of cigarettes to society and to the state's economy is $31.20 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.

Rhode Island can Save Money by Providing Smoking Cessation Treatments:

 Average Potential Annual Savings
Direct Health Care Expenditures $1,784,969
Workplace Productivity Losses $1,997,254
Total Average Potential Annual Savings $3,782,223

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

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