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We examine smoking-related expenditures for the state Medicaid program and for lost productivity among state government employees. The predicted number of new diagnoses of smoking-related illnesses among government employees ranged from 109 cases of kidney disease to 856 cases of arthritis and related diseases. We estimate over 6,000 lost workdays due to sick leave among currently smoking vs. non-smoking employees. Smoking-related illness is estimated to increase state budgetary expenditures on Medicaid by approximately $114.9 million annually.
University of Nebraska Medical Center Center for Health Policy
Wilson, Fernando A.; Wehbi, Nizar K.; and Khan, Ali S., "Economic Implications of Tobacco Use for the State of Nebraska Government" (2018). Reports: Center for Health Policy. 12.