Tobacco Cessation: State Economic Benefits

South Carolina Facts

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

Smoking costs South Carolina Millions of Dollars Every Year:

 Annual Cost to State
Direct Health Care Expenditures $1,611,993,441
Workplace Productivity Losses $1,012,367,411
Premature Death $2,321,908,170
Total Cost to State Economy $4,946,269,022

Put a different way, the average retail price of a pack of cigarettes in South Carolina is $4.19. But the real price of a pack of cigarettes to society and to the state's economy is $13.27 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.

South Carolina can Save Money by Providing Smoking Cessation Treatments:

 Average Potential Annual Savings
Direct Health Care Expenditures $4,829,620
Workplace Productivity Losses $9,989,670
Total Average Potential Annual Savings $14,819,290

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

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