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  • Smokers, the obese, have markedly higher health care costs than peers

    Obesity and smoking add significantly to Americans' health care costs, researchers found, and the overall trend is upward.

    Obesity and smoking add significantly to Americans' health care costs, researchers found, and the overall trend is upward.

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  • To reach Ruopeng An, call 217-244-0966; email ran5@illinois.edu.

    The paper, “Healthcare expenses in relation to obesity and smoking among U.S. adults by gender, race/ethnicity and age group: 1998-2011,” is available online or from the U. of I. News Bureau.