Tobacco Cessation: State Economic Benefits

South Dakota Facts

For every dollar South Dakota spends on providing tobacco cessation treatments, it has an average potential return on investment of $1.36.

Smoking costs South Dakota Millions of Dollars Every Year:

 Annual Cost to State
Direct Health Care Expenditures $334,845,695
Workplace Productivity Losses $193,414,276
Premature Death $262,394,992
Total Cost to State Economy $790,654,962

Put a different way, the average retail price of a pack of cigarettes in South Dakota is $5.58. But the real price of a pack of cigarettes to society and to the state's economy is $21.26 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 Dakota can Save Money by Providing Smoking Cessation Treatments:

 Average Potential Annual Savings
Direct Health Care Expenditures $970,043
Workplace Productivity Losses $1,320,473
Total Average Potential Annual Savings $2,290,516

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

Download the full report for South Dakota
Take Action