Any person, business or institution trying to save money looks first to the most obvious means available.
In the struggle against escalating health care costs, the low-hanging fruit is better health and the means to achieve it. And among that low-hanging fruit, smoking cessation is the lowest.
Even though smoking rates have declined ever since the 1964 surgeon general’s report definitively tied smoking to cancer, and have plummeted in the last 20 years, it still kills about 400,000 Americans every year and remains the foremost preventable cause of death. And, it continues to cost the economy about $300 billion a year in direct health care costs and ancillary costs such as lost productivity.
Pennsylvania, the other states and the federal government all have had major roles in driving down smoking rates. Preventing people from smoking and becoming addicted to nicotine in the first place is the key to further reducing