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Cost-Savings Associated with Prohibiting Smoking in U.S. Subsidized Housing.

Friday, May 10, 2013  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
King BA, Peck RM, Babb SD. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 2013.

This study estimated the costs that could be saved by prohibiting smoking in standardized housing, including public housing and other rental assistance programs. Results showed that the estimated annual cost savings from eliminating smoking in all U.S. subsidized housing would be $521 million. The bulk of those annual savings – $341 million – would come from reduced health care expenditures related to secondhand smoke. The study also estimates savings of $108 million in annual renovation expenses and $72 million in annual smoking-related fire loses. The authors conclude that efforts to prohibit smoking in all U.S. subsidized housing would protect health and generate substantial cost savings to society.

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