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New study shows tobacco consumption costs at least 5 billion Swiss francs per year

Smoking accounts for 4% of Swiss health expenditure, according to a new study conducted by the ZHAW Winterthur Institute of Health Economics (WIG) on behalf of the Swiss Association for Smoking Prevention.

Tobacco consumption in Switzerland is responsible for medical costs amounting to three billion Swiss francs. This corresponds to 4% of total health expenditure. Production losses due to tobacco consumption are responsible for a further two billion Swiss francs. These are the results of a study on tobacco consumption conducted by the Winterthur Institute of Health Economics (WIG) at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) on behalf of the Swiss Association for Smoking Prevention. The findings are based on calculations for the year 2015.

The study investigated the number of deaths, the years lost as a result of premature deaths and the reduced quality of life due to illness, as well as the direct medical costs incurred and the economic impact of production losses. The conclusion is clear: tobacco consumption costs Switzerland five billion Swiss francs annually.