Impacts of a smoking cessation benefit among employed populations

Michael Halpern, Riad Dirani, Jordana K. Schmier

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OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to project the health and economic impacts of providing a workplace smoking cessation benefit. METHODS: The authors conducted an update of a previously published outcomes model using recently published data and clinical trial results. RESULTS: In four example workplace types evaluated, coverage of a cessation benefit resulted in greater numbers of successful cessations and decreased rates of smoking-related diseases. Total savings from benefit coverage (decreased healthcare and workplace costs) exceeded costs of the benefit within 4 years. Total savings per smoker ranged from $350 to $582 at 10 years and $1152 to $1743 at 20 years. Internal rate of return ranged from 39% to 60% at 10 years. CONCLUSION: Providing a workplace smoking cessation benefit results in substantial health and economic benefits with economic savings exceeding the cost of the benefit within a relatively short period. CLINICAL SIGNIFICANCE: Providing a workplace smoking cessation benefit is projected to increase the rate of smoking cessation as well as decrease the incidence of smoking-related conditions and healthcare costs. In addition, workplace cessation benefits can result in decreased absenteeism, increased productivity, and net cost savings within 4 years.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11-21
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of occupational and environmental medicine / American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Volume49
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2007
Externally publishedYes

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Smoking Cessation
Workplace
Population
Economics
Health Care Costs
Cost-Benefit Analysis
Smoking
Absenteeism
Cost Savings
Insurance Benefits
Clinical Trials
Efficiency
Incidence
Health

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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Impacts of a smoking cessation benefit among employed populations. / Halpern, Michael; Dirani, Riad; Schmier, Jordana K.

In: Journal of occupational and environmental medicine / American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Vol. 49, No. 1, 01.2007, p. 11-21.

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