Cost of Employee Tobacco Use
Illinois average annual healthcare costs of tobacco use are an estimated $5.49 billion. Tobacco use costs Illinois another $5.27 billion in lost productivity.
Smoking Cost to Employers
Employees who smoke cost employers approximately $5,800 per smoker each year states a 2013 study by The Ohio State University. Costs include:
- Over $2,000 per smoker in excess medical expenditures
- Over $3,500 per smoker in lost productivity
Employers save on healthcare costs and improve general health and wellness of employees when Quitline services are available in the workplace. The same responsive, personalized quit plans are developed as those for individual callers.
- Providing a smoke-free worksite.
- Offering cessation benefits in your health plan
- Coverage for several forms of counseling (individual, group, telephone).
- FDA-approved cessation medications.
- Reducing roadblocks to cessation (minimizing co-pays and out-of-pocket costs).
- Coverage cessation services for spouses and dependents.
- Implementing workplace programs that encourage employees to quit.
The Quitline will customize a report for an employer’s wellness program to track success that might include:
- Enrollment date
- Call summary
- Enrollee list
- Enrollee demographics
- Stage of program completion
- Self-reported outcomes
- Quit rates
- Program satisfaction survey results
"I’ve been rewarding myself with the cigarette money I no longer use!"
"I know how hard the road is to quit. I gave myself a goal and a reason. That’s what made me successful."
"The Quit Line is a great place to start and end up a non-smoker. Do it for your kids and grandkids!"
"After a week, nicotine leaves your body. After that it’s the “going through the motions” like the first time of not smoking in your car, after a meal, morning coffee, etc. That was the toughest part. I’m going on 2 years now – after smoking for 40."
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