1 Reduce Tobacco Use
Smoking in the U.S. Workforce
Smoking harms the U.S. Economy
Smoking costs more than $300 billion a year
Nearly $170 billion
More than $156 billion
The annual cost to employ a smoker is estimated to be $5,816 more than the cost to employ a nonsmoker.
Reduce Tobacco Use
Steps that businesses, health insurance plans and doctors can take to support smokers trying to quit:
Expand access to tobacco cessation treatments, including individual, group and telephone counseling and FDA-approved medications.
Remove barriers to covered treatments, such as cost sharing and prior authorization.
To improve workers’ health, lower costs and improve productivity, promote covered treatment benefits to your employees.
Implement tobacco-free campus/workplace policies.