Understanding the High Costs of Smoking

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    In this video, health benefit professional Tom Harte discusses the high cost of smoking. Up to 70% of the cost of health care in the United States is the result of preventable healthcare conditions, and this video series addresses how smoking places a tremendous burden on our nation’s economy as well as our physical health.

    Tom Harte: Hi! My name is Tom Harte. I'm a Board Member of the National Association of Health Underwriters and President of Landmark Benefits. Today I'm going to be discussing how to understand the high costs of smoking.

    Did you know that up to 70% of the cost of healthcare in The United States of America is result of preventable healthcare conditions; decisions that Americans make everyday have a dramatic impact on the cost of your health insurance premiums. In this video series I'll address the tremendous burden that smoking places on our nation's economy.

    Next, I'll discuss the benefits of smoking cessation programs, and how cost effective they can be. I'll also examine the financial consequences of smoking which go way beyond just the cost of cigarettes.

    Before we begin, let me tell you a little bit about myself and the National Association of Health Underwriters. NAHU represents more than 100,000 health insurance agents, brokers, and consultants who provide insurance to millions of Americans. Our members serve employers and individual consumers in accessing and purchasing affordable health insurance and related products. As a Board Member of NAHU I strive to effect positive change through involvement in the legislative process as well as industry and professional organizations. So let's get started understanding the high costs of smoking.