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Annual Healthcare Spending Attributable to Cigarette Smoking: An Update.

Friday, December 12, 2014  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Xu X, Bishop EE, Kennedy SM, et al. 
Annual Healthcare Spending Attributable to Cigarette Smoking: An Update. 
Am J Prev Med 2014;](]).]
The study shows that annual healthcare spending in the U.S. attributable to cigarette smoking totals as much as $170 billion a year. The study found that 60 percent of that cost is paid for by Americans through public programs such as Medicare or Medicaid. Despite declines in the rates of smoking in recent years, the costs on society due to smoking have increased. Overall, the researchers concluded that smoking accounts for 8.7 percent of annual healthcare spending in the U.S. The analysis, conducted in 2013, used data from the 2006-2010 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey and 2004-2009 National Health Interview Survey. The new study concludes that “comprehensive tobacco control programs and policies are still needed to continue progress toward ending the tobacco epidemic in the U.S., 50 years after the release of the first Surgeon General’s report on smoking and health.”

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