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The costs associated with tobacco use impacts everyone - families, employers, workers. Everyone bears the burden of the several billion dollars that tobacco use costs the state of Indiana each year. That is why your role as a tobacco control partner is critical to helping reduce the prevalence of tobacco use in Indiana.
The average annual healthcare cost associated with tobacco use in Indiana is $2.2 billion, including more than $1 billion in hospital costs. In addition, Medicaid expenditures in Indiana directly related to tobacco total more than $448 million.
The cost of tobacco to Indiana comes not only in healthcare expenses. The yearly cost burden to Indiana in terms of lost productivity due to tobacco is estimated at $2.6 billion due to increased absenteeism, greater disability claims, time spent on smoking rituals and other factors.
For the latest information and facts regarding the impact of tobacco use in Indiana, click here to review data from the Indiana Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Agency.