Tobacco Cessation: State Economic Benefits

Utah Facts

For every dollar Utah spends on providing tobacco cessation treatments, it has an average potential return on investment of $1.22.

Smoking costs Utah Millions of Dollars Every Year:

 Annual Cost to State
Direct Health Care Expenditures $448,039,467
Workplace Productivity Losses $337,201,675
Premature Death $353,371,627
Total Cost to State Economy $1,138,612,768

Put a different way, the average retail price of a pack of cigarettes in Utah is $4.81. But the real price of a pack of cigarettes to society and to the state's economy is $16.75 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.

Utah can Save Money by Providing Smoking Cessation Treatments:

 Average Potential Annual Savings
Direct Health Care Expenditures $934,259
Workplace Productivity Losses $1,439,995
Total Average Potential Annual Savings $2,374,254

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

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