Smoking costs Americans millions

Smoking costs a lot for not only the smoker but for the government and health care. That’s the conclusion of a study by WalletHub, “The Real Cost of Smoking by State.”

Oklahoma was listed at No. 16 (No. 1 is the best) with a $1,306,953 cost per smoker per lifetime and $25,627 cost per year.

America has an estimated 36.5 million tobacco users.  The report calculated the potential monetary losses — including the lifetime and annual costs of a cigarette pack per day, health care expenditures, income losses and other costs — brought on by smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke.

States with the Lowest Smoking Costs

  1. Kentucky
  2. North Carolina
  3. Georgia
  4. Mississippi
  5. Tennessee
  6. Alabama
  7. North Dakota
  8. South Carolina
  9. Missouri
  10. Idaho

States with the Highest Smoking Costs

  1. California
  2. District of Columbia
  3. Minnesota
  4. Vermont
  5. Hawaii
  6. Alaska
  7. Rhode Island
  8. Connecticut
  9. Massachusetts
  10. New York

The estimated financial cost of smoking over a lifetime per smoker is just above $1.5 million.

The out-of-pocket cost per smoker is $120,111 over a lifetime. Smokers in New York will pay the highest costs, $194,341, which is 2.3 times higher than in North Dakota, where smokers will pay the lowest costs at $84,140.

The financial-opportunity cost per smoker is $1,011,762 over a lifetime. Smokers in New York will pay the highest costs, $1,637,046, which is 2.3 times higher than in North Dakota, where smokers will pay the lowest costs at $708,759.

Each smoker will incur an average of $222,915 in income loss over a lifetime. Smokers in Maryland will lose the highest amount, $304,168, which is 1.9 times higher than in Mississippi, where smokers will lose the lowest amount at $161,833.

Each smoker will incur an average of $169,910 in smoking-related health-care costs over a lifetime. Smokers in Massachusetts will pay the highest amount, $280,080, which is 2.5 times higher than in Arkansas, where smokers will pay the lowest amount at $110,583.