Smoking Costs the Average North Carolina Smoker $1,755,849 Over a Lifetime

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With smokers having an elevated risk of severe symptoms from COVID-19 and the economic and societal costs of smoking totaling more than $300 billion per year, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on The Real Cost of Smoking by State.

To encourage the estimated 34.2 million tobacco users in the U.S. to kick this dangerous habit, the site 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.

The Financial Cost of Smoking in North Carolina (1=Lowest, 25=Avg.):

  • Out-of-Pocket Cost per Smoker – $93,206 (Rank: 3rd)
  • Financial-Opportunity Cost per Smoker – $1,039,133 (Rank: 3rd)
  • Health-Care Cost per Smoker – $117,466 (Rank: 6th)
  • Income Loss per Smoker – $495,426 (Rank: 12th)
  • Other Costs per Smoker – $10,618 (Rank: 14th)
  • Total Cost Over Lifetime per Smoker: $1,755,849
  • Total Cost per Year per Smoker: $36,580

Overall, the Tar Heel state ranked as the 4th costliest state in America to be a smoker:

The Real Cost of Smoking by State

Overall Rank*  State Total Cost per Smoker  Out-of-Pocket Cost
(Rank)
 
Financial Opportunity Cost
(Rank)
 
Health-Care Cost per Smoker
(Rank)
 
Income Loss per Smoker
(Rank)
 
Other Costs per Smoker
(Rank)
 
1 Mississippi $1,696,496 $95,834
(9)
$1,068,432
(9)
$124,134
(9)
$395,643
(1)
$12,453
(32)
2 Missouri $1,702,848 $86,023
(1)
$959,049
(1)
$150,465
(28)
$496,014
(13)
$11,296
(23)
3 Alabama $1,729,122 $95,309
(8)
$1,062,572
(8)
$112,386
(2)
$446,982
(5)
$11,873
(27)
4 North Carolina $1,755,849 $93,206
(3)
$1,039,133
(3)
$117,466
(6)
$495,426
(12)
$10,618
(14)
5 Tennessee $1,760,744 $94,433
(5)
$1,052,806
(5)
$118,257
(7)
$484,453
(9)
$10,795
(18)
6 Kentucky $1,763,504 $98,112
(11)
$1,093,824
(11)
$110,280
(1)
$451,829
(7)
$9,459
(3)
7 South Carolina $1,775,882 $94,958
(7)
$1,058,666
(7)
$124,602
(10)
$485,801
(10)
$11,855
(26)
8 Georgia $1,790,190 $92,856
(2)
$1,035,226
(2)
$114,114
(4)
$535,507
(22)
$12,486
(33)
9 Louisiana $1,809,805 $102,142
(15)
$1,138,749
(15)
$113,254
(3)
$441,271
(4)
$14,389
(41)
10 Idaho $1,846,394 $98,287
(12)
$1,095,777
(12)
$115,368
(5)
$527,031
(20)
$9,929
(6)
11 Arkansas $1,859,634 $107,398
(17)
$1,197,347
(17)
$120,340
(8)
$422,945
(3)
$11,605
(25)
12 North Dakota $1,864,490 $93,907
(4)
$1,046,946
(4)
$153,635
(29)
$557,945
(31)
$12,056
(28)
13 Wyoming $1,868,595 $94,608
(6)
$1,054,759
(6)
$146,611
(23)
$561,626
(32)
$10,991
(20)
14 West Virginia $1,870,173 $107,573
(18)
$1,199,300
(18)
$132,899
(12)
$422,064
(2)
$8,337
(1)
15 Indiana $1,870,461 $100,740
(13)
$1,123,123
(13)
$138,931
(16)
$497,690
(14)
$9,977
(7)
16 Nebraska $1,900,131 $96,010
(10)
$1,070,385
(10)
$173,174
(33)
$546,299
(26)
$14,263
(40)
17 Florida $2,007,409 $108,799
(20)
$1,212,973
(20)
$157,247
(30)
$511,721
(17)
$16,669
(50)
18 Montana $2,023,673 $113,179
(25)
$1,261,804
(25)
$143,289
(19)
$493,802
(11)
$11,598
(24)
19 Iowa $2,044,362 $111,252
(21)
$1,240,319
(21)
$149,111
(26)
$533,010
(21)
$10,670
(16)
20 Oregon $2,044,977 $107,573
(18)
$1,199,300
(18)
$148,643
(25)
$579,381
(33)
$10,080
(9)
21 Ohio $2,048,533 $114,756
(27)
$1,279,384
(27)
$138,971
(17)
$506,667
(15)
$8,756
(2)
22 South Dakota $2,049,871 $113,880
(26)
$1,269,617
(26)
$140,772
(18)
$514,365
(18)
$11,236
(22)
23 Texas $2,059,626 $111,602
(22)
$1,244,225
(22)
$133,882
(13)
$553,254
(29)
$16,663
(49)
24 Colorado $2,067,397 $101,966
(14)
$1,136,796
(14)
$147,152
(24)
$666,377
(42)
$15,105
(44)
25 Kansas $2,067,755 $112,829
(24)
$1,257,898
(24)
$146,504
(22)
$536,432
(24)
$14,093
(38)
26 Virginia $2,078,777 $102,667
(16)
$1,144,609
(16)
$158,694
(31)
$660,580
(41)
$12,227
(30)
27 Oklahoma $2,101,612 $121,939
(32)
$1,359,467
(32)
$134,953
(14)
$470,439
(8)
$14,813
(43)
28 Michigan $2,113,190 $118,786
(30)
$1,324,309
(30)
$145,532
(21)
$514,806
(19)
$9,758
(5)
29 New Mexico $2,114,166 $123,866
(34)
$1,380,953
(34)
$149,470
(27)
$448,805
(6)
$11,072
(21)
30 Nevada $2,188,259 $122,990
(33)
$1,371,187
(33)
$137,314
(15)
$546,705
(27)
$10,063
(8)
31 Maine $2,222,846 $124,918
(35)
$1,392,673
(35)
$186,622
(39)
$509,103
(16)
$9,531
(4)
32 New Hampshire $2,230,635 $111,953
(23)
$1,248,132
(23)
$186,497
(38)
$673,341
(43)
$10,712
(17)
33 Delaware $2,238,091 $117,034
(28)
$1,304,776
(28)
$199,828
(41)
$606,321
(35)
$10,132
(11)
34 Utah $2,253,061 $118,260
(29)
$1,318,449
(29)
$144,713
(20)
$654,739
(40)
$16,900
(51)
35 Arizona $2,302,506 $133,678
(36)
$1,490,335
(36)
$131,716
(11)
$536,155
(23)
$10,622
(15)
36 Wisconsin $2,382,916 $135,254
(37)
$1,507,915
(37)
$175,235
(34)
$554,412
(30)
$10,101
(10)
37 Maryland $2,455,810 $121,764
(31)
$1,357,514
(31)
$213,938
(45)
$749,416
(50)
$13,178
(34)
38 Pennsylvania $2,539,086 $149,095
(40)
$1,662,222
(40)
$169,254
(32)
$548,320
(28)
$10,194
(12)
39 New Jersey $2,637,168 $137,532
(38)
$1,533,307
(38)
$211,686
(44)
$740,889
(48)
$13,754
(37)
40 Vermont $2,643,388 $155,052
(43)
$1,728,633
(43)
$204,533
(42)
$544,329
(25)
$10,841
(19)
41 Illinois $2,664,255 $154,001
(42)
$1,716,913
(42)
$183,309
(37)
$597,776
(34)
$12,256
(31)
42 California $2,685,504 $145,591
(39)
$1,623,157
(39)
$206,295
(43)
$695,002
(46)
$15,459
(45)
43 Washington $2,694,071 $150,322
(41)
$1,675,895
(41)
$175,796
(35)
$679,856
(44)
$12,203
(29)
44 Alaska $2,814,941 $159,257
(44)
$1,775,511
(44)
$217,720
(46)
$652,000
(39)
$10,453
(13)
45 Minnesota $2,848,128 $164,863
(45)
$1,838,015
(45)
$187,110
(40)
$644,484
(38)
$13,655
(36)
46 Hawaii $2,934,683 $166,790
(46)
$1,859,501
(46)
$176,797
(36)
$718,001
(47)
$13,593
(35)
47 Rhode Island $3,054,696 $177,828
(50)
$1,982,556
(50)
$263,947
(49)
$614,900
(36)
$15,464
(46)
48 Connecticut $3,103,591 $175,200
(49)
$1,953,258
(49)
$278,129
(50)
$681,117
(45)
$15,887
(47)
49 New York $3,114,670 $183,434
(51)
$2,045,061
(51)
$248,603
(47)
$623,013
(37)
$14,559
(42)
50 District of Columbia $3,163,975 $172,922
(47)
$1,927,865
(47)
$251,776
(48)
$797,178
(51)
$14,233
(39)
51 Massachusetts $3,171,757 $174,850
(48)
$1,949,351
(48)
$289,789
(51)
$741,684
(49)
$16,085
(48)

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