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An estimated 8% to 11% of all medical claims paid each year are for smoking-related conditions. $75.5 billion is spent annually on medical
Why Companies Should Care:
- Smokers have a 30% higher risk of hospitalization than do nonsmokers, and they average longer hospital stays.
- Pregnant smokers have higher rates of miscarriage, premature births and low birth weight babies.
- It costs $336 million each year to care for infants of smoking mothers; children of smokers have higher rates of asthma and ear infections.
- The impact of smoking on U.S. worker productivity accounts for $81.9 billion annually because:
- Death occurs prematurely (due to lung cancer, heart disease and chronic airway obstruction).
- Smokers average 14% more sick days each year than do nonsmokers.
- Smokers are less productive at work than nonsmokers.
The CDC study also cites a variety of factors associated with smoking that contribute to increased expense for organizations not included in the costs outlined above, including death and illness due to cigar smoking, pipe smoking and smokeless tobacco; smoking-related disability; secondhand smoke-related disease, and illness and discomfort among exposed nonsmokers