Check your company’s health insurance to determine if it covers tobacco cessation counseling and cessation products. If it does not, ask for it.
Each year, more than 440,000 people die of smoking-related illnesses in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is the leading underlying cause of premature death and disability.
In Delaware, about 1,200 deaths each year result from cigarette smoking.
Smoking can cause several types of cancer, heart disease and stroke, and lung diseases. These diseases are the leading killers in the United States.
A significant amount of time is lost from businesses due to smoking breaks, illnesses, and fatalities caused by tobacco use. Smokers are more likely than non-smokers to suffer a disability, miss work, and have reduced productivity, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (USDHHS).
On average, direct medical expenses and lost productivity resulting from smoking related diseases and death total a staggering $722.8 million a year in Delaware.
The USDHHS estimates that a one percent reduction in health care costs could increase retained profits by 5 percent.
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