KENNEWICK, Wash.-- The Department of Health says the state's tobacco prevention efforts have saved lives and money over the last 10 years.
They say research shows it's prevented 36,000 hospitalizations, 13,000 premature deaths, and saved 1.5 billion dollars.
We've really seen an up-tick in people trying to quit. There's more people calling the quit line to learn how to quit the habit," says Environmental Health Specialist Susan Shelton.
The new study shows every state dollar spent on tobacco prevention saved $5 in health care costs.