True cost of smoking ranked by state

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Kentucky, North Carolina, Georgia, and Mississippi rank highest

Cost-per-person is ‘staggering’

The cost of smoking goes far beyond the price of cigarettes. Since 1964, smoking-related illnesses have been the cause of 20 million deaths in the U.S, according to the American Lung Association. Currently tobacco use accounts for up to half a million deaths across the country each year. It’s the leading cause of lung cancer, even for those subject to second hand smoke.

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WalletHub recently had their analysts determine the actual cost per-person in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The “economic and societal costs of smoking-related issues are just as staggering,” they discovered. “We calculated the potential monetary losses — including both the lifetime and annual cost of a cigarette pack per day, health care expenditures, income losses and other costs — brought on by smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke.”

The annual costs for Americans is over $300 billion, which includes “nearly $170 billion in direct medical care for adults” and “more than $156 billion in lost productivity due to premature death and exposure to secondhand smoke.”

Formula for Financial Cost of Smoking = Out-of-Pocket Costs + Financial Opportunity Cost + Related Health-Care Costs + Income Loss Due to Smoking-Related Issues + Increase in Homeowner’s Insurance Premium + Secondhand Smoke-Exposure Costs

Here are the cost rankings by state according to their analysis.

Overall     State                           Overall $                                            Out of Pocket     Financial Opp    Health Care      Income Loss      Other
1 Kentucky $1,136,524 $88,794 $747,960 $112,220 $178,459 $9,090
-4 -4 -2 -5 -3
2 North Carolina $1,151,396 $86,374 $727,576 $135,249 $191,221 $10,977
-2 -2 -10 -10 -23
3 Georgia $1,155,351 $86,932 $732,280 $122,031 $202,450 $11,658
-3 -3 -4 -20 -28
4 Mississippi $1,184,371 $94,006 $791,866 $124,511 $161,833 $12,155
-10 -10 -6 -1 -33
5 Tennessee $1,196,502 $93,075 $784,026 $124,329 $184,494 $10,579
-7 -7 -5 -8 -15
6 Alabama $1,196,752 $94,006 $791,866 $120,869 $177,982 $12,030
-10 -10 -3 -4 -31
7 North Dakota $1,196,831 $84,140 $708,759 $159,156 $233,298 $11,477
-1 -1 -29 -33 -26
8 South Carolina $1,202,904 $92,517 $779,322 $133,584 $185,571 $11,912
-6 -6 -9 -9 -30
9 Missouri $1,203,893 $89,910 $757,369 $149,290 $196,546 $10,778
-5 -5 -16 -15 -18
10 Idaho $1,254,347 $94,564 $796,570 $158,176 $194,139 $10,898
-13 -13 -28 -14 -21
11 Nebraska $1,279,930 $93,633 $788,730 $168,829 $216,228 $12,509
-8 -8 -30 -26 -35
12 West Virginia $1,283,179 $102,755 $865,564 $136,164 $170,344 $8,352
-16 -16 -11 -3 -1
13 Wyoming $1,292,443 $94,006 $791,866 $155,879 $240,067 $10,626
-10 -10 -26 -35 -17
14 Indiana $1,303,617 $100,521 $846,748 $145,602 $200,960 $9,786
-15 -15 -12 -16 -9
15 Arkansas $1,303,731 $107,595 $906,334 $110,583 $168,794 $10,426
-20 -20 -1 -2 -13
16 Oklahoma $1,306,953 $103,313 $870,268 $128,409 $191,266 $13,696
-18 -18 -8 -11 -41
17 Virginia $1,311,325 $93,820 $790,298 $150,533 $265,261 $11,413
-9 -9 -21 -43 -25
18 Colorado $1,331,203 $97,356 $820,091 $153,134 $247,366 $13,255
-14 -14 -25 -38 -38
19 Louisiana $1,343,210 $108,153 $911,038 $125,504 $183,792 $14,723
-22 -22 -7 -7 -45
20 Oregon $1,376,898 $107,036 $901,630 $149,952 $209,071 $9,209
-19 -19 -19 -23 -4
21 Montana $1,390,030 $110,015 $926,718 $150,233 $192,450 $10,615
-25 -25 -20 -12 -16
22 Iowa $1,394,192 $107,595 $906,334 $152,973 $216,987 $10,304
-20 -20 -24 -27 -12
23 Kansas $1,397,107 $108,339 $912,606 $149,814 $212,996 $13,351
-23 -23 -18 -25 -40
24 Florida $1,426,171 $109,829 $925,150 $178,803 $193,829 $18,561
-24 -24 -35 -13 -51
25 Ohio $1,433,524 $113,924 $959,647 $149,476 $201,670 $8,807
-27 -27 -17 -18 -2
26 Delaware $1,442,714 $102,941 $867,132 $215,881 $246,877 $9,882
-17 -17 -43 -37 -10
27 Texas $1,458,738 $113,738 $958,079 $152,540 $217,085 $17,296
-26 -26 -23 -28 -50
28 South Dakota $1,484,344 $118,578 $998,849 $148,919 $207,905 $10,094
-30 -30 -15 -22 -11
29 New Mexico $1,487,012 $120,625 $1,016,097 $155,928 $183,449 $10,912
-31 -31 -27 -6 -22
30 Nevada $1,507,008 $120,811 $1,017,665 $147,279 $211,536 $9,717
-32 -32 -13 -24 -8
31 Utah $1,530,670 $118,391 $997,281 $151,435 $247,766 $15,797
-29 -29 -22 -39 -49
32 Michigan $1,569,963 $128,444 $1,081,955 $147,808 $202,270 $9,486
-35 -35 -14 -19 -5
33 Maine $1,598,933 $126,210 $1,063,139 $198,817 $201,270 $9,496
-34 -34 -40 -17 -6
34 New Hampshire $1,599,037 $115,971 $976,896 $222,162 $272,458 $11,549
-28 -28 -45 -44 -27
35 Arizona $1,631,475 $131,794 $1,110,180 $172,767 $205,040 $11,693
-36 -36 -31 -21 -29
36 Maryland $1,680,774 $123,604 $1,041,186 $199,748 $304,168 $12,068
-33 -33 -41 -51 -32
37 Wisconsin $1,692,054 $136,634 $1,150,950 $177,100 $217,697 $9,674
-37 -37 -33 -29 -7
38 Pennsylvania $1,742,938 $141,660 $1,193,287 $178,827 $218,684 $10,479
-39 -39 -36 -30 -14
39 Illinois $1,770,563 $141,660 $1,193,287 $188,453 $234,902 $12,261
-39 -39 -37 -34 -34
40 New Jersey $1,836,402 $138,496 $1,166,630 $223,227 $294,139 $13,911
-38 -38 -46 -49 -43
41 Washington $1,840,743 $148,920 $1,254,441 $177,417 $249,133 $10,832
-43 -43 -34 -40 -20
42 California $1,863,218 $148,362 $1,249,737 $198,103 $252,217 $14,799
-42 -42 -39 -42 -47
43 District of Columbia $1,894,010 $144,266 $1,215,240 $232,443 $289,060 $13,001
-41 -41 -48 -48 -37
44 Minnesota $1,904,792 $153,760 $1,295,210 $191,621 $250,887 $13,313
-44 -44 -38 -41 -39
45 Vermont $1,916,093 $154,877 $1,304,619 $220,381 $225,118 $11,098
-45 -45 -44 -31 -24
46 Hawaii $2,048,587 $167,535 $1,411,246 $173,258 $283,621 $12,926
-48 -48 -32 -46 -36
47 Alaska $2,056,066 $162,881 $1,372,045 $214,495 $295,861 $10,784
-46 -46 -42 -50 -19
48 Rhode Island $2,063,847 $166,232 $1,400,270 $251,097 $231,956 $14,291
-47 -47 -49 -32 -44
49 Connecticut $2,183,204 $170,513 $1,436,335 $274,272 $286,950 $15,133
-49 -49 -50 -47 -48
50 Massachusetts $2,197,197 $172,189 $1,450,447 $280,080 $279,737 $14,744
-50 -50 -51 -45 -46
51 New York $2,313,025 $194,341 $1,637,046 $226,057 $241,818 $13,764
-51 -51 -47 -36 -42

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