- Is smoking tobacco really addictive?
- Why do people start smoking?
- How many people use tobacco?
- What in tobacco smoke is harmful?
- How does tobacco smoke affect the lungs?
- Does smoking tobacco affect your heart?
- How does smoking affect pregnant women and their babies?
- What are some of the short- and long-term effects of smoking tobacco?
- Is secondhand (environmental) tobacco smoke dangerous?
- How does tobacco use affect the economy?
- What’s being done to protect people from the hazards of smoking?
- Are spit tobacco and snuff safe alternatives to smoking?
- What are the health risks of smoking pipes or cigars?
- What about electronic cigarettes? Aren’t they safe?
- Is dissolvable tobacco safe?
- What about more exotic forms of smoking tobacco, such as clove cigarettes, bidis, and hookahs?
- What can I do to help with any damage that may have been caused by smoking?
- Can quitting really help a lifelong smoker?
- How do people quit tobacco?
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How does tobacco use affect the economy?
The tobacco industry is one of the most profitable businesses in the US, making billions of dollars every year. But the costs of smoking are far higher than the income from cigarette sales. The US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention estimated that in 2004, smoking led to health costs and productivity losses totaling an average of $10.47 per pack sold and used in the US.
More recent numbers show that annual smoking-attributable economic costs in the US are estimated to be between $289 to 332.5 billion. This total includes:
- $132.5 to 175.9 billion for direct medical care of adults
- $151 billion for lost productivity due to premature deaths
- $5.6 billion for lost productivity due to exposure to secondhand smoke
Last Medical Review: 02/13/2014
Last Revised: 02/13/2014