The High Healthcare Costs of Smoking

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Researchers in the United States estimate that nearly 9% of annual healthcare spending in 2010 could be attributed to cigarette smoking, amounting to as much as $170 billion. The study team found that more than 60% of the attributable spending was paid by public programs like Medicare and Medicaid.

Source: American Journal of Preventive Medicine, December 9, 2014 (online).

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