Tobacco Cessation: State Economic Benefits

Vermont Facts

For every dollar Vermont spends on providing tobacco cessation treatments, it has an average potential return on investment of $1.32.

Smoking costs Vermont Millions of Dollars Every Year:

 Annual Cost to State
Direct Health Care Expenditures $293,566,768
Workplace Productivity Losses $138,315,588
Premature Death $220,995,824
Total Cost to State Economy $652,878,180

Put a different way, the average retail price of a pack of cigarettes in Vermont is $6.54. But the real price of a pack of cigarettes to society and to the state's economy is $24.52 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.

Vermont can Save Money by Providing Smoking Cessation Treatments:

 Average Potential Annual Savings
Direct Health Care Expenditures $796,663
Workplace Productivity Losses $975,076
Total Average Potential Annual Savings $1,771,739

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

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