Cost of smoking in U.S. $1.6 million per smokerStaff writer ▼ | January 19, 2016
WalletHub's analysts calculated the potential monetary losses including the cumulative cost of a cigarette pack per day over several decades, health care expenditures, income losses and other costs.
Health and expenses The potential monetary losses due to smoking
States with the lowest smoking costs
4 West Virginia
5 North Carolina
8 South Carolina
States with the highest smoking costs
42 District of Columbia
43 New Jersey
46 Rhode Island
51 New York
The out-of-pocket cost per smoker is $115,214 over a lifetime. Smokers in New York will pay two times more than smokers in Missouri.
The financial opportunity cost per smoker is $1,089,471 over a lifetime. Smokers in New York will pay two times more than smokers in Missouri.
Each smoker will incur an average of $220,855 in income loss over a lifetime. Smokers in Mississippi will lose the least, $161,013, which is 2 times less than in Maryland, the state that will lose the most.
Each smoker will incur an average of $164,876 in smoking-related health-care costs over a lifetime. Smokers in Massachusetts will pay two times more than smokers in Kentucky. ■