The Cost of Tobacco.
Make It Your Business.
Tobacco use can contribute to:
- Greater healthcare costs
- Increased absenteeism
- More or longer breaks on work time
- Higher life insurance premiums
- Greater risk of occupational injuries
- Costlier disability benefits
- Increased property insurance
Did you know? In Oklahoma, smoking-caused productivity losses alone cost businesses $2.1 billion, and healthcare costs directly caused by smoking totals $1.62 billion.
So, how much is smoking costing your business?
Let’s add it up.
This handy Cost Calculator will give you a clearer view of how much extra you’re paying in healthcare costs and lost productivity due to smoking. Simply follow the prompts below and the Cost Calculator will do the rest.
Smoking is the main cause of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), an incurable lung disease. It results in shortness of breath, coughing, swollen airways, scar tissue and death.
Asthma is another serious breathing disorder that can be caused or worsened by smoking.
Smoking is a cause of erectile dysfunction in men. Pregnant women who smoke are at risk for a wide range of reproductive disorders that can harm babies and unborn children, including Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), preterm delivery, low birth weight and birth defects like cleft lips and/or cleft palates.
Smoking can damage blood vessels around the discs and joints of your back, causing chronic lower back pain. It is also the main cause of Buerger’s disease, an inflammation of the blood vessels in your arms and legs. This swelling creates blood clots in your arteries and veins, which can damage or destroy skin tissue and lead to infection.
- Skin – Smoking weakens blood circulation, increasing the risk of skin infections. It also causes wrinkles and acne.
- Hair – Smokers are more likely to go bald and grey than others.
- Mouth – Tobacco yellows teeth as tar builds up in the tooth enamel. This also leads to bad breath.
For more information on the health effects of smoking and the dangers of tobacco, click here.