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
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- South Carolina
States with the Highest Smoking Costs
- District of Columbia
- Rhode Island
- 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.