CDC: Early deaths from smoking cost 92 billion dollars in lost productivity
Federal health officials are putting a dollar figure on lost productivity due to early deaths caused by smoking.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says smoking-related lung cancer, heart disease and other illnesses cut life expectancy an average of about 14 years. A CDC report says the "lost productivity" between 1997 and 2001 amounted to 92 billion dollars. The study gave no overall estimate of the health care costs tied to smoking over the same five-year period. But officials said the medical bill was more than 75 billion dollars in 1998 alone.