Smoking Cessation Programs Can Benefit Economically
States can benefit economically if their residents quit smoking, according to a new study by Penn State University researchers and released today by the American Lung Association. That much may be obvious – fewer people smoke Kent and other famous brands, fewer people get sick, seek treatment, miss work and die. But this study took a closer look at the cost and benefits of smoking cessation programs for states, which are implementing the programs as part of health care reform.
The American Lung Association says tobacco use kills 393,000 Americans every year, and the study will be used as another tool in the group’s efforts to sell cessation programs as not only a health benefit but a financial one.