Tobacco Cessation: State Economic Benefits

West Virginia Facts

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

Smoking costs West Virginia Millions of Dollars Every Year:

 Annual Cost to State
Direct Health Care Expenditures $861,088,291
Workplace Productivity Losses $451,634,891
Premature Death $1,148,238,594
Total Cost to State Economy $2,460,961,776

Put a different way, the average retail price of a pack of cigarettes in West Virginia is $4.60. But the real price of a pack of cigarettes to society and to the state's economy is $13.04 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.

West Virginia can Save Money by Providing Smoking Cessation Treatments:

 Average Potential Annual Savings
Direct Health Care Expenditures $1,952,504
Workplace Productivity Losses $3,627,687
Total Average Potential Annual Savings $5,580,191

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

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