Tobacco Cessation: State Economic Benefits

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For every dollar Texas spends on providing tobacco cessation treatments, it has an average potential return on investment of $1.26.

Smoking costs Texas Millions of Dollars Every Year:

 Annual Cost to State
Direct Health Care Expenditures $7,582,178,491
Workplace Productivity Losses $4,932,345,420
Premature Death $7,891,124,011
Total Cost to State Economy $20,405,647,922

Put a different way, the average retail price of a pack of cigarettes in Texas is $5.52. But the real price of a pack of cigarettes to society and to the state's economy is $21.00 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.

Texas can Save Money by Providing Smoking Cessation Treatments:

 Average Potential Annual Savings
Direct Health Care Expenditures $17,688,432
Workplace Productivity Losses $29,915,818
Total Average Potential Annual Savings $47,604,250

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

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