Tobacco Cessation: State Economic Benefits

Virginia Facts

For every dollar Virginia spends on providing tobacco cessation treatments, it has an average potential return on investment of $1.25.

Smoking costs Virginia Millions of Dollars Every Year:

 Annual Cost to State
Direct Health Care Expenditures $2,672,247,298
Workplace Productivity Losses $1,951,269,142
Premature Death $2,857,469,297
Total Cost to State Economy $7,480,985,737

Put a different way, the average retail price of a pack of cigarettes in Virginia is $4.59. But the real price of a pack of cigarettes to society and to the state's economy is $13.87 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.

Virginia can Save Money by Providing Smoking Cessation Treatments:

 Average Potential Annual Savings
Direct Health Care Expenditures $6,151,099
Workplace Productivity Losses $11,068,970
Total Average Potential Annual Savings $17,220,069

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

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