The Cost Of Smoking Per State

We all know that smoking is bad for our health, but it’s also really bad for our wallets. So, just how big a hit do cancer sticks to our wallet? 

  • Well, a new report by WalletHub has determined the cost of smoking per state.
  • They looked at not only the annual cost of a pack a day habit, but healthcare costs, income losses and other costs brought on by smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke.

According to the report:

  • New York smokers spend the most with their total lifetime cost around $2,458,044 or $48,197 year.
  • The biggest expense for New York smokers is from income loss, about $276,804 per lifetime or $5,428 per year.
  • North Carolina smokers shell out the least at $1,228,493 for their lifetime, or $24,088 per year.
  • North Carolina’s biggest expense is in financial opportunity (money they would have made if they invested rather than spending it on smoking), which comes to $773,539 per lifetime.

The States With The Highest Cost Of Smoking (per lifetime)

  1. New York ($2,458,044)
  2. Connecticut ($2,447,965)
  3. District of Columbia ($2,427,997)
  4. Massachusetts ($2,376,219)
  5. Rhode Island ($2,287,659)
  6. Alaska ($2,142,540
  7. Hawaii $2,125,541
  8. Minnesota $2,117,058
  9. Vermont $2,080,662
  10. Washington $2,019,152


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