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How much does smoking cost society?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
The cost of smoking to society is monumental. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that smoking is the greatest cause of preventable death in the U.S. It causes an astounding 443,000 deaths every year. And if you're a smoker who happens to survive, you will probably have one or more chronic diseases. Every year, we spend about $96 billion on health care to deal with the ill effects of smoking.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), smoking costs society about $193 billion a year. This includes $97 billion from loss of productivity due to illness and premature death, and $96 billion in smoking-related healthcare costs.
Dr. Robin Miller, MD
Internal Medicine
According to the Centers for Disease Control between the years of 1995 and 1999, smoking accounted for 440,000 premature deaths in the United States annually and approximately $157 billion in annual health-related economic losses.

Smoking is the number one cause of preventable death in the United States.  We know how smoking impacts smokers but we often forget that second hand smoke takes its toll on those of us who choose not to smoke.  Second hand smoke can cause lung disease and lung cancer in those who are exposed.

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