Tobacco use costs U.S. businesses nearly $300 billion in unnecessary health care, absenteeism and lack of productivity. Smokers cost an employer an average of $5,816 annually above the cost of a person who never smoked.

These annual costs can range from $2,885 to $10,125, according to the research. Indiana employers are heavily burdened by tobacco use in Indiana. Average annual healthcare costs due to tobacco use total an estimated $2.9 billion, and tobacco use costs Hoosiers an additional $3.2 billion in lost productivity.

The good news is more than 80 percent of all smokers in Indiana want to quit tobacco; many employees are looking for help to break their tobacco addiction. Employees who do not use tobacco are healthier, and that helps the company's bottom line.

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