How the Tobacco Industry Negatively Impacts Our Economy
You Pay, Whether You Smoke or Not –
We all know how costly smoking is to the smoker. But what about the cost to businesses and our health care system? Businesses lose money due to smokers missing work more frequently for illness than other workers; they may also pay more for employee health care insurance to cover smokers. Direct health care costs attributed to tobacco use in California are $13.29 billion annually and in one year, smoking-caused productivity losses in California were estimated to be $10.35 billion.
Photo & Quote from the CA Department of Public Health