Smoking and the Health Care System: The Cost of Cigarettes

You know about the cost of smoking in terms of longevity—smokers live shorter, sicker lives. But did you know that smoking costs health care systems across the globe billions of dollars every year?

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention smoking  related-illnesses account for 6-8% of all health care costs in the United States, with parallel costs worldwide. Thus, health care systems are putting a lot of their time and resources into helping those with problems like lung cancer, emphysema, and circulatory illnesses.

Total economic cost of smoking

This is more than $300 billion a year, including:-

  • Nearly $170 billion in direct medical care for adults
  • More than $156 billion in lost productivity due to premature death and exposure to secondhand smoke

Even when smokers quit, the health care system is still taxed by the health problems that they experience as a result of their deadly habit. However, if smokers can stay smoke-free for at least two years, the costs even out.

So what does all this mean?

For one, smoking is an expensive habit that impacts more than just the individual. When you smoke, you are asking tax payers to help fund your medical care, medical care that may not have been necessary if you never used cigarettes in the first place.

Furthermore, research shows the importance of quitting smoking in the long run; if you quit smoking for at least two years, then you no longer are an extra burden to the health care system—instead, your costs are similar to non-smokers.

how much money could be saved if people gave up their smoking habits for good? Think, for a minute, how much money you could save if you gave up your smoking habit for good? While you can’t control what everyone else does, you can control what you do; you can be a part of the rising health care cost solution by giving up cigarettes for good—and encouraging others you know to do the same.

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Smoking and the Health Care System: The Cost of Cigarettes was last modified: October 11th, 2017 by Maureen

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