The costs of tobacco on NY State
There are an estimated 2.5 million adult smokers in NY State
2012 Regional Reports
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Deaths in New York From Smoking
- Adults who die each year in New York from their own smoking: 25,500
- Adult non-smokers who die each year from exposure to others' smoking: 3,040
- New York kids who have lost at least one parent to a smoking-caused death:
- Kids alive today who will ultimately die from smoking: 389,000 (given current
Tobacco-Related Monetary Costs in New York
- Annual smoking-related health care costs and lost productivity in NY total $14.2
- Annual health care expenditures in the State directly caused by tobacco use:
- Annual State Medicaid program's total health expenditures caused by tobacco use:
- Annual health care expenditures in New York from secondhand smoke exposure: $317 million
- Residents' state/federal taxes to cover smoking-caused gov't costs: $5.9 billion
- Smoking-caused productivity losses in New York: $6.05 billion
- Smoking-caused health costs and productivity losses per pack sold in New York:
Other non-health costs caused by tobacco use include direct residential and commercial property losses from smoking-caused fires (about $400 million nationwide); the costs of the extra cleaning and maintenance made necessary by tobacco smoke and tobacco-related litter (about $4+ billion per year for commercial establishments alone); and additional work productivity losses from smoking-caused work absences, on-the-job performance declines, and disability during otherwise productive work lives (in the tens of billions nationwide) [productivity loss amount above is from smoking-death-shortened work lives, alone].
BUSINESS COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH TOBACCO USE
Businesses lose approximately $3,734
each year for every employee that smokes
- $1,791 in lost productivity
in excess medical expenditures
ABSENTEEISM AND LOST PRODUCTIVITY
average 6.16 missed days of work per year due to illness (including
smoking-related chronic conditions) compared to 3.86 days per year for
- Employees that smoke have almost twice as much lost production time per week than workers who do not smoke - a cost of $27 billion in productivity losses for employers nationwide.
- Businesses have averaged $2,189 in workers' compensation costs for smokers compared with $176 for nonsmokers.19 HEALTHCARE COSTS The estimated average lifetime medical costs for a smoker exceed those for a nonsmoker by more than $6,000. 20 This excess is a weighted average of costs incurred by all smokers, whether or not smoking-related illnesses develop.