Navigation Links
New study finds positive return on investment for states that invest in quit smoking treatments

Washington, DC, (September 14, 2010) A new study released today by the American Lung Association, and conducted by researchers at Penn State University, finds that helping smokers quit not only saves lives but also offers favorable economic benefits to states. The study, titled Smoking Cessation: the Economic Benefits, provides a nationwide cost-benefit analysis that compares the costs to society of smoking with the economic benefits of states providing cessation (quit-smoking) coverage. The study comes at an important time, as important cessation benefit provisions are being implemented at the federal and state levels as a result of healthcare reform legislation.

Each year, tobacco use kills 393,000 people in America, and this new study identifies significant and staggering costs directly attributable to death and disease caused by smoking. For example, the study finds that smoking results in costs to the U.S. economy of more than $301 billion. This includes workplace productivity losses of $67.5 billion, costs of premature death at $117 billion, and direct medical expenditures of $116 billion.

The study also calculates the combined medical and premature death costs and workplace productivity losses per pack of cigarettes. The nationwide average retail pack of cigarettes is $5.51. The costs and workplace productivity losses nationwide equal $18.05more than 300 percent the average retail price of a cigarette pack.

"This study spells out in dollars and cents the great potential economic benefits to states of helping smokers quit. We urge the District of Columbia and all states to offer full coverage of clinically proven cessation treatments for smokers, which will not only save lives but also money," Charles D. Connor, President and CEO of the American Lung Association.

Smoking is the number one preventable cause of illness and death in the United States and surveys show that 70 percent of tobacco users want to quit. Quitting can often take several attempts before a smoker is successful. Using evidence-based treatments increases smokers' chances of quitting but many smokers don't have access to or don't know about what kind of treatments are available to them.

In addition to identifying the staggering costs of smoking to the U.S. economy, this new study now provides state governments with compelling economic reasons to help smokers quit. For example, the study finds that if states were to invest in comprehensive smoking cessation benefits, each would receive, on average, a 26 percent return on investment. In other words, for every dollar spent on helping smokers quit, states will see on average a return of $1.26.

Some states (and the District of Columbia) would see a higher return than others. For example, the study finds that the District of Columbia would receive the highest return on its investment. For every dollar spent on smoking cessation treatments, it would see a return of $1.94. Other states with higher than average returns include the following: Louisiana ($1.47), Massachusetts ($1.43), Maine ($1.41), Ohio ($1.41) and North Dakota ($1.41). State specific data can be found at

The study derives these economic benefits by considering lower medical costs due to fewer people smoking, increased productivity in the workplace and reduced absenteeism and premature death due to smoking.

Some of the highest rates of smoking are found among people enrolled in Medicaid, the joint federal and state health program for low-income people. The American Lung Association urges every state to provide all Medicaid recipients and state employees with comprehensive, easily accessible tobacco cessation benefits. A comprehensive cessation benefit includes all seven medications and three types of counseling recommended by the U.S. Public Health Service for tobacco cessation. Only six states now provide comprehensive coverage for Medicaid recipients: Indiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, Oregon and Pennsylvania.

The Lung Association also recommends that private insurance plans and employers offer comprehensive cessation coverage and encourages states to require them to cover these treatments. Only seven states have such requirements now: Colorado, Maryland, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon and Rhode Island.


Contact: Kendra Kojcsich
Porter Novelli

Related medicine news :

1. In Vitro Fertilization Success Rate Higher in Spring, Study Suggests
2. Medical Study Authors Often Fail to Disclose Industry Ties
3. NIH awards $8 million to UT Southwestern to study metabolism, obesity-related inflammation
4. Fla. med student study reveals disparity of skin cancer knowledge -- Ben-Gurion U. study
5. Study shows tranquil scenes have positive impact on brain
6. Fast-Freeze May Help Sperm Survive Storage, Study Finds
7. Study identifies underlying dysfunction of seemingly non-critical heart condition
8. Blacks with muscular dystrophy die 10-12 years younger than whites: New study
9. New study: Serious gaps in medical journals disclosure of physician relationships with industry
10. CU-Boulder study sheds light on how our brains get tripped up when were anxious
11. New study reconciles conflicting data on mental aging
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... November 30, 2015 , ... RoamRight, a leading provider of ... Public Television’s Travel With Kids to promote family vacations around the world. ... they explore international destinations and educate families about the people and places of the ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... 2015 , ... A novel class of antimicrobials that inhibits ... fighting methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), one of the major drug-resistant bacterial pathogens, according ... analogs that target the functions of SecA, a central part of the general ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... November 30, 2015 , ... At Grand Dental PC, their priority is ... When you have dental problems, you need to turn to a dentist who listens ... treat your needs, a friendly dentist who counsels you on the best ways to ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... November 30, 2015 , ... Using a combination of two ... American children and adults, according to a new study by researchers at the School ... in Children and Adults: Using Combinations of Blood Glucose Tests ,” published in Frontiers ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... November 30, 2015 , ... Newly ... out of Glen Ridge, NJ. He has both advanced training and considerable ... He is also an expert in cosmetic dentistry. He is an active ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/30/2015)... CHICAGO , Dec. 1, 2015 Researchers ... that measures body part thickness and checks for motion, ... to a feasibility study presented today at the annual ... America (RSNA). Steven Don , ... Radiology, Washington University School of Medicine in ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... Express Scripts (NASDAQ: ESRX ) today announced it will ... access to a low-cost alternative to Daraprim (pyrimethamine) , ... recently priced out of reach for people with HIV, pregnant ... --> --> Imprimis is offering a compounded ... acid) for $1 per capsule for people whose pharmacy benefit is ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... décembre 2015 MEDTEC Japon ... conférence d,Asie portant sur la conception ... manufacturière, se tiendra à ... 22 avril 2016. ... Photo - Logo ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: