CONFERENCE PROCEEDING
The Economic Costs of Smoking in Greece
 
More details
Hide details
1
University of Macedonia, Greece
Publication date: 2019-03-26
 
Tob. Prev. Cessation 2019;5(Supplement):A73
 
Download abstract book (PDF)

KEYWORDS
ABSTRACT
Greece is among the countries with the highest smoking prevalence (43.8% for ages 15+), ranking third globally and second among EU countries. The high proportion of smoking population makes smoking the leading risk factor for death and disability. This habit has a detrimental impact on health, creating a cost to society. Our aim is to measure the economic cost of diseases attributable to smoking and secondhand smoke in Greece. The method used is the Cost of Illness approach. The economic cost consists of direct costs, such as healthcare expenditures, and indirect costs capturing the productivity loss due to morbidity and mortality. Using estimated smoking attributable deaths and disability from the Global Burden of Diseases Study 2016, we find that the total economic cost is € 6.88 billion (3.95% of GDP); 8.9% of total cost is attributable to secondhand smoke; the direct cost of smoking (secondhand smoke) is slightly less (more) than the indirect cost; the indirect cost is higher for males; musculoskeletal disorders and cardiovascular diseases comprise the greatest fraction of morbidity and mortality cost, respectively. Smoking imposes a heavy economic burden in Greece, underlining the need for efficient interventions, including better implementation of existing policies.
 
CITATIONS (1):
1.
Prevalence and factors associated with smoking in a nationally representative sample of Greek adults: The Hellenic National Nutrition and Health Survey (HNNHS)
George Michas, Emmanuella Magriplis, Renata Micha, Michail Chourdakis, Antonis Koutelidakis, George Dimitriadis, Demosthenes Panagiotakos, Antonis Zampelas, Ioannis Dimakopoulos, Dimitra Karageorgou, Anastasia-Vasiliki Mitsopoulou, Ioanna Bakogianni, Triantafyllia Ntouroupi, Sophia-Maria Tsaniklidou, Kostantina Argyri, Evangelia Fappa, Eleni-Maria Theodoraki, Eirini Trichia, Theodora-Eirini Sialvera, Aggeliki Varytimiadi, Eleni Spyreli, George Karlis, Stauroula Zacharia, Anna Papageorgiou, George Chrousos, Georgios Dedoussis, George Dimitriadis, Yiannis Manios, Eleftheria Roma
Hellenic Journal of Cardiology
 
eISSN:2459-3087