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Hawaii: Lifetime Cost of Smoking $2.9M
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The Real Cost of Smoking by State

Wallet Hub, Jan 13, 2021

Smoking doesn’t just ruin your health. It can also burn a nasty hole through your wallet. Tobacco use accounts for nearly half a million deaths in the U.S. each year and is the leading cause of lung cancer, according to the American Lung Association. Smokers also may have an increased risk of severe symptoms from COVID-19. In addition, even those around tobacco smokers aren’t safe from its harmful effects. Since 1964, smoking-related illnesses have claimed over 20 million lives in the U.S., 2.5 million of which belonged to nonsmokers who developed diseases merely from secondhand-smoke exposure.

However, the economic and societal costs of smoking are just as huge. Every year, smoking costs the U.S. more than $300 billion, which includes both medical care and lost productivity. Unfortunately, some people will have to pay more depending on the state in which they live.

To encourage the estimated 34.2 million tobacco users in the U.S. to kick the dangerous habit, WalletHub looked into the true per-person cost of smoking in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. They 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.

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Overall Rank*  46
State Hawaii
Total Cost per Smoker  $2,934,683
Out-of-Pocket Cost (Rank)  $166,790 46
Financial Opportunity Cost (Rank)  $1,859,501 46
Health-Care Cost per Smoker (Rank)  $176,797 36
Income Loss per Smoker (Rank)  $718,001 47
Other Costs per Smoker (Rank)  $13,593 35
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