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Kick the Smoking Habit

A Costly Habit

A Costly Habit

Smoking is the number one cause of preventable death in the United States. According to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cigarette smoking is responsible for about 443,000 deaths in the US each year, which equates to 1 in 5 total deaths. The US economy also suffers, with an estimated $96 billion in health care expenditures and $97 billion in lost productivity during 2000 to 2004 because of health complications from smoking.

By MedHelp Editors. Published July 5, 2011. Updated March 30, 2015.
Reviewed by Joseph Sclafani, MD on April 10, 2015.