Smoking-related diseases cost Medicaid programs $833 million in taxpayer dollars per state in 2013. Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the US and it costs the country up to $333 billion annually. But one organization is trying to curb the amount of smokers in the country by focusing on the state level.
The American Lung Associate released a new report that looks at the influence of the Affordable Care Act on smoking prevention. The report takes a close look at each state and the way its health care system will help smokers quit.