The Cost of a Pack of Cigarettes?
- Each pack of cigarettes sold in the U.S. costs approximately $7.18 in medical care costs and lost productivity, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
To bring this into perspective, 22 billion packs were sold in 1999 alone.
Philip Morris sold 156 cigarettes for every human on the planet...in 3 months.
- Tobacco kills EIGHT TIMES more Americans in one year than the Viet Nam War did in ten years.
- Over 5 million children a year are sickened by parents' smoke, at a treatment-cost of 4.6 billion.
- 6200 children die each year from parents' smoke.
- It costs $175 per year per child (under 2) to treat the extra respiratory ills from mother's smoking
- 200,000 fires a year are caused by smoking materials.
- Smokers earn 4-8% less than nonsmokers. They get sick 5 or 6 times more often. They must pay more than twice as much for life insurance (indicating greater chance of early death).
- Some firms are refusing to hire applicants who smoke.
Employers are realising that the majority of health costs are spent on a small minority of workers.
Teenagers who light up daily should quit smoking if they want to boost their grades. Take a look...
Compared to non-smokers, teen smokers dispalyed a poorer working memory due to the negative effects of nicotine on the brain.
Note: A working memory is used to retain and manipulate information. Accuracy is impaired for smokers.