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Higher health-care costs for smokers, the obese

A new study finds that smokers and the obese ring up substantially higher annual than their nonsmoking, non-obese peers. The are highest among women, non-Hispanic whites and , the study reports.

Added Health Care Costs of Smoking and Obesity
Obesity and smoking add significantly to Americans’ health care costs, researchers found, and the overall trend is upward.
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The paper: “Health care expenses in relation to obesity and smoking among U.S. adults by gender, race/ethnicity, and age group: 1998–2011.”Doi:10.1016/j.puhe.2014.11.003

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign