The economic implications of smoking and smoking cessation play an increasingly important role in determining public health policies about tobacco use and how health plans design their health promotion strategies. While the treatment of tobacco dependence has been identified in past research as one of the most cost effective of all medical interventions, important questions remain about the health plan business case for intervention. Concerns with the evidence base point to a need for more in-depth documentation of the long-term cost experience of current smokers, former smokers, and never smokers within multiple managed care settings. The purpose of this project is to assess smoking's burden on a variety of health plans and evaluate the actual (versus estimated) economic benefit of smoking cessation. The project will be considered successful if it results in the publication of a peer-reviewed paper outlining needed research methods and measures, and develops a feasible plan for a comprehensive follow-up study to be funded by a wider group of funding partners.
Amount Awarded $133,318.00
Awarded on: 3/25/2002
Time frame: 4/1/2002 - 3/31/2004
Grant Number: 44580