Helping smokers to quit smoking brings immediate significant impact on health and contributes well enough to the cost effectivity of a country’s health care system.
In a research done by the US Preventive Services Task Force, they found out that tobacco smoking intervention and cessation campaigns are few of the best and most cost effective methods of decreasing patient admission due to tobacco related diseases. Interventions that address tobacco exposure lessen the burden of smoking expenditures and cost of health care services, which primarily include dental and laboratories during outpatient and inpatient admission.
Aside from campaigns and government warnings, another four effective smoke exposure interventions that are proven cost effective include price increase in tobacco products, behavioral changes, nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), and physician’s advice to quit. Because of the pre-existing dangers of scary diseases that may affect chain smokers and non-smokers, youth and adult population slowly stops smoking. This leads to an estimated savings of 33, 307 acute care hospital days or $37 million dollars annually for the health care system.
According to research, quitting tobacco use as soon as possible immediately decreases the risk of premature death by 60% in the next 50 years. When this happens, people can avoid the deadly diseases even without spending too much for preventive health care services.
All in all, helping more tobacco users to quit smoking tobacco will definitely help reduce premature death and morbidity, as well as decrease health care expenditures, especially in Canada, where there are 5 million regular smokers as recorded in a 2011 survey.
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- List of Canada Health Organizations
- Smoke-Free Ontario Act (SFOA)
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