Tobacco Cessation: State Economic Benefits

Wisconsin Facts

For every dollar Wisconsin spends on providing tobacco cessation treatments, it has an average potential return on investment of $1.12.

Smoking costs Wisconsin Millions of Dollars Every Year:

 Annual Cost to State
Direct Health Care Expenditures $2,370,419,802
Workplace Productivity Losses $1,447,281,858
Premature Death $1,961,316,788
Total Cost to State Economy $5,779,018,448

Put a different way, the average retail price of a pack of cigarettes in Wisconsin is $6.81. But the real price of a pack of cigarettes to society and to the state's economy is $16.24 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.

Wisconsin can Save Money by Providing Smoking Cessation Treatments:

 Average Potential Annual Savings
Direct Health Care Expenditures $3,424,357
Workplace Productivity Losses $4,924,132
Total Average Potential Annual Savings $8,348,489

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

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