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Smokers tend to incur more medical costs, see physicians more often and be admitted to hospitals for longer periods than nonsmokers. According to the American Cancer Society, a study of health care utilization for 20,831 employees of a single, large employer showed employees who smoked had more hospital admissions per 1,000 (124 vs. 76), had a longer average length of stay (6.47 vs. 5.03 days), and made six more visits to health care facilities per year than nonsmoking employees1.
|1 “The Cost of Smoking to Business,” American Cancer Society, April 13, 2000 | 2 Coverage for Tobacco Use Cessation Treatments,” CDC. | 3 “The Business Case for Coverage of Tobacco Cessation,” an actuarial analysis, Leif associates, Inc., on behalf of the Colorado Clinical Guidelines Collaborative.|