Tobacco Cessation: State Economic Benefits

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

Smoking costs Washington Millions of Dollars Every Year:

 Annual Cost to State
Direct Health Care Expenditures $2,353,094,976
Workplace Productivity Losses $1,301,175,112
Premature Death $2,056,226,413
Total Cost to State Economy $5,710,496,501

Put a different way, the average retail price of a pack of cigarettes in Washington is $6.69. But the real price of a pack of cigarettes to society and to the state's economy is $29.95 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.

Washington can Save Money by Providing Smoking Cessation Treatments:

 Average Potential Annual Savings
Direct Health Care Expenditures $6,884,517
Workplace Productivity Losses $9,822,845
Total Average Potential Annual Savings $16,707,362

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

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