Tobacco causes loss of almost R $ 57 billion in medical costs in the country


The study “Load Diseases and Economic Costs Attributable to Tobacco Use in Brazil”, published in May 2017, addressed the tobacco charge for Brazil. About tobacco
Cigarette smoking causes loss of R $ 56.9 billion to the country every year. Of this total, R $ 39.4 billion are in direct medical costs and R $ 17.5 billion resulting from lost productivity caused by disability or premature death of workers.
The total tax revenue from the sale of cigarettes in the country in 2015 was R $ 12.9 billion. That is, when you subtract health spending relative to tax revenues, the negative balance of smoking to the country was about R $ 44 billion.
Even more serious than the economic impact are the deaths caused by smoking. The study indicates that smoking accounted for 156,216 deaths in Brazil in 2015, representing 12.6% of all deaths of people over 35 years.

According to the study, the tobacco-related diseases that brought more losses in 2015 to the public and private health system in Brazil were:

chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, mostly emphysema and asthma
Heart diseases
passive smoking and other causes
cancers of the esophagus, stomach, pancreas, kidney, bladder, larynx, cervix and leukemia
Lung cancer – Stroke (CVA)

The survey, released by the Ministry of Health and the National Cancer Institute José Alencar Gomes da Silva (INCA), had scientific coordination of the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation and the Institute of Effectiveness Clínica y Sanitaria (IECS), the University of Buenos Aires (Argentina ). INCA funded the study through a technical agreement with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and grants from the International Development Research Center (IDRC) of Canada.
»See the full study” Load Diseases and Economic Costs Attributable to Tobacco Use in Brazil “


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