Potential costs and benefits of statewide smoking cessation in Pennsylvania

Jill S. Rumberger, Christopher S. Hollenbeak

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Objectives: To determine whether the cost of a statewide smoking cessation program in Pennsylvania could be justified by the benefits. Methods: A cost-benefit analysis of statewide access to smoking cessation programs. We compared three treatment alternatives, with and without counselling: nicotine replacement therapy, bupropion and varenicline. Results: While the retail price of a pack of cigarettes in Pennsylvania is on average US$4.72, the combined medical costs and productivity losses in Pennsylvania attributable to each pack of cigarettes sold are approximately US$23.78 per pack of cigarettes. The ratio of benefits to cost varied from US$0.97 to US$2.76 saved per dollar spent on smoking cessation programs, depending upon the type of intervention. Conclusions: For most smoking cessation treatments, the benefits of a statewide smoking cessation program in Pennsylvania would greatly outweigh its costs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)136-144
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Smoking Cessation
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2010


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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