States could save money by investing in stop-smoking treatments

09/14/2010 | Reuters

Smoking-cessation products could save lives, reduce health costs and increase productivity, generating a 26% return on investment for every dollar that states spend on the treatments, Pennsylvania State University researchers reported in a Pfizer-funded study. The U.S. loses more than $300 billion each year on account of medical expenditures for smoking-related illnesses and premature deaths, as well as losses in workplace productivity, a representative of the American Lung Association said.

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