Researchers to Explore Financial Benefits to Managed Care Plans of Helping Smokers Quit

Planning for a study of health care costs and utilization associated with tobacco use and cessation in managed care

From April 2002 to March 2004, a research team, led by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago, developed a research agenda and funding proposals for studies of the economic consequences of smoking and the financial benefits of offering greater insurance coverage for smoking cessation treatment in U.S. managed health care plans.

Key Results

  • The researchers:

    • Submitted two proposals to the National Cancer Institute for funding for projects to address health services issues related to tobacco use and cessation.
    • Prepared an article that proposes a research agenda to support the business case for investments in smoking cessation programs.