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NAQC Newsroom: Tobacco Control

RWJF: Does Curbing Tobacco Use Lower Health Care Costs?

Tuesday, August 21, 2012  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released an issue brief on the return on investment of well-funded comprehensive tobacco control programs. Additional information is below:

  • Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States and costs the nation $96 billion annually in health care costs and an additional $97 billion in lost productivity.
  • Tobacco prevention and cessation efforts, especially well-funded and comprehensive programs, are proven to reduce tobacco use and lower associated healthcare costs, providing a strong return on investment (ROI).
  • Despite revenue streams from tobacco use and high ROIs, the most successful prevention programs have been cut repeatedly over the past five years.

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