Tumblr Icon RSS Icon

Report: High Returns For States Investing In Anti-Tobacco Programs

By Tara Culp-Ressler  

"Report: High Returns For States Investing In Anti-Tobacco Programs"

Share:

google plus icon

A new brief from the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation estimates the return on states’ investment in anti-tobacco programs, reporting it can be as high as $50 saved for every $1 spent. The foundation projects an annual $200 billion loss resulting from the preventable health problems caused by tobacco, due mostly to increased health care costs and decreased productivity — so states that have invested in strong anti-tobacco programming and legislation, like California and Washington, are seeing significant returns in lower health care expenditures. Despite the economic benefits for states who choose to invest in prevention programs, austerity policies during the current economic recession have left most anti-tobacco initiatives underfunded or facing cuts.

‹ How Mitt Romney Would Quickly Bankrupt Medicare

Texas Woman Asks For A Public Hearing About State’s Cuts To Planned Parenthood ›

By clicking and submitting a comment I acknowledge the ThinkProgress Privacy Policy and agree to the ThinkProgress Terms of Use. I understand that my comments are also being governed by Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, or Hotmail’s Terms of Use and Privacy Policies as applicable, which can be found here.