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In l991, a total of 1,809 deaths (22% of all 1991 deaths) to New Hampshire residents were directly attributable to smoking. This far exceeded the total number of deaths from alcohol, suicides, homicides, motor vehicle accidents, firearms, AIDS and fires combined.

Smoking-related diseases were responsible for an estimated 4,408 years of potential life lost before age 65 during 1991. [1]

Forfeited future earnings due to premature death from smoking-related causes totaled $149.6 million in 1991. [1]

Costs of lost earnings and productivity for persons disabled by smoking-related diseases totaled $32.3 million in 1991. [1]

Total costs attributed to smoking in New Hampshire in 1991 were $261 million, including direct medical costs as well as indirect mortality and disability costs.

Health related smoking costs in New Hampshire during 1993 were estimated at $295 million. (Costs adjusted to 1993 dollars using the Consumer Price Index, Medical Cost Index)

Based on this 1993 figure, the health care related cost per pack of cigarettes in New Hampshire was $1.68. [1]

As reported in 1994, $35.1 million was spent in Medicare funds and $17.5 million was spent in Medicaid funds in New Hampshire. [2]

Given 1995's current smoking prevalence among youth in NH, it is estimated that 74,303 people aged 0-17 years will become smokers. [3]

23,777 of these people will die prematurely as adults because of a smoking-related illness. [ 3]

These premature illnesses and deaths could result in almost $900 million in future health care costs in NH. [3]

[1] Smoking-Attributable Mortality, Morbidity & Economic Costs (SAMMEC), NH Division of Public Health Services, Chronic Disease Epidemiology Program, 1993 [2] U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services, Centers For Disease Prevention and Control, Office on Smoking and Health, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, July, 1994.  [3] US Dept. of Health &: Human Services, Centers For Disease Prevention and Control, Office on Smoking and Health, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, November 8, 1996.

Prepared by the NH Department of Health & Human Services, Tobacco Prevention Program. For more information, call 800-852-3345, x6891 or 603 271-6891.