The real cost of smoking
Smoking among the working population is predicted to cost Australia an estimated $447 billion in lost productivity, according to preliminary research by Monash University.
The health costs of smoking are well known, but the impact on productivity is not.
Currently, 1.9 million Australians (13.9%) between 20 and 69 years of age are smokers.
The researchers have used published data on the rates of death, absenteeism and working while sick among smokers to estimate how much productivity will be lost to smoking in the working-age population until age