Cost per year of life saved (approximate 1993 U.S. $)a

Smoking cessation 
Low intensityb$100-500
Brief advice, MD$1000-3000
High intensityc$6000-15000
Common disease prevention$1500-15000
Secondary and tertiary care$20000-100000
  • a Author’s estimates, based on review of published reports, updated to approximate 1993 US dollars.

  • b Self help cessation guides; brief advice, non-physician; broadcast media campaign; etc.

  • c Nicotine replacement as adjunct to office based physician counselling.

  • Source: reference 13