The High Costs of Smoking and the New Health Reform Law

In this video, health benefit professional Tom Harte discusses the high cost of smoking. Each year, nearly 500,000 Americans die from cigarette smoking causes – that’s about one out of every five deaths. Nationally, the annual smoking‐attributable health care expenditure runs about $96 billion per year. Preventing the onset of life-style diseases like smoking is imperative to reining in the high cost of health care.

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