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I took particular interest in this article on the economic costs of smoking and quitting.  In my last position at the American Cancer Society, I provided education on tobacco cessation treatment, which often required the use of statistics included in the article below.    The article goes on to cite the monthly cost of smoking a pack of cigarettes at $155, as compared to the cost of quitting between $25 and $150.

Your Money / Your Health: Quitting smoking makes economic sense – latimes.com. (Jan. 3, 2011)
Even though some of the tools to help smokers quit can be expensive, such as counseling sessions and prescriptions, the cost of continuing to smoke is much higher.

Resources:
DHHS: Smokefree.gov
American Cancer Society: Quit For Life
NYS Smoker’s Quitline: 1-866-NY-QUITS

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