Handout: Cost per Day of First-Line Pharmacotherapies

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The following table lists the cost per day of various first-line pharmacotherapies for tobacco cessation. The initial price of each treatment may seem high, but it is much less if the cost of smoking is subtracted. A higher long-term price is paid for the continued use of cigarettes.

The following table lists the cost per day of various first-line pharmacotherapies for tobacco cessation. The initial price of each treatment may seem high, but it is much less if the cost of smoking is subtracted. A higher long-term price is paid for the continued use of cigarettes.

Name of Pharmacotherapy Daily Average Use Cost Per Day in June 2010
Nicotine Patch 1 patch $1.90-$3.89
Nicotine Gum 9 pieces $2.16-$4.68
Bupropion HCl 2 tablets $3.62-$7.78
Varenicline (ChantixTM) 2 tablets $4.70-$4.96
Nicotine Lozenge 9 pieces $3.24-$4.95
Nicotine Inhaler 6 cartridges $7.20
Nicotine Nasal Spray 8 doses $3.92
Cigarettes 1.5 packs $7.93 ($5.29/pack avg. for U.S. in 2010*) (TFK 2010)  

Note: Prices are typical for brand name products from online US retail chain pharmacies in June 2010 (ITQL 2010)

References:

Indiana Tobacco Quit Line. FDA-APPROVED PHARMACOTHERAPY FOR TOBACCO DEPENDENCE TREATMENT. In.gov. 2010. Available at: http://www.in.gov/quitline/files/Pharmacotherapy_CHART.pdf Accessed on: 2010-06-15.

Tobacco Free Kids. TOLL OF TOBACCO IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. Tobacco Free Kids Website. 2010. Available at: http://www.tobaccofreekids.org/research/factsheets/pdf/0072.pdf

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