Smoking is one of the major causes of chronic diseases in both smokers and non-smokers, resulting to casualties due to heart diseases and respiratory problems. Nevertheless, according to the American Heart Association, smoking is the most preventable root of untimely deaths among Americans.
According to a recent study published in PLOS Medicine
, cessation of smokers especially in areas where the policies to reduce smoking were strongly implemented has improved the lives and health conditions of residents, resulting to lower medical costs. In addition, study first author James Lightwood (associate professor in the UCSF School of Pharmacy) said via a news release
that a remarkable drop in health care disbursements is noticeable after the smokers decided to kick the habit.
The researchers emphasized that in 2009, the reported health care cost in California was less than $15 billion, far below the national average. On the other hand, Kentucky's medical cost is above the average, at roughly $2 billion more in the health care expenses.
In related news, proponents of a study from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) believe that even a 10 percent decrease in smoking
will help lower the cost of U.S. health care by $63 billion on the succeeding year.