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The Most and Least Expensive States to Be a Smoker

Kaitlynn Ely
Smoking is not an inexpensive hobby. Smokers not only spend money on cigarettes and tobacco, but also on healthcare to manage smoking-related illnesses. Approximately 36.5 million Americans are avid tobacco users who spend large sums of money on their addiction and the consequences that come with it.
Smoking is not an inexpensive hobby. Smokers not only spend money on cigarettes and tobacco, but also on healthcare to manage smoking-related illnesses. Approximately 36.5 million Americans are avid tobacco users who spend large sums of money on their habit and the consequences that come with it.

Wallethub recently published an analysis that calculated the potential monetary losses of smokers in the 50 states and the District of Columbia to see which region was the most expensive and the cheapest for tobacco users. The researchers looked at the lifetime and annual cost of a cigarette pack per day, healthcare expenditures, income losses, and other costs that are a result of smoking and second-hand smoke.

Here are the 5 least costly and most expensive states to be a smoker.

Least Costly
5. North Dakota
The annual total cost per smoker in North Dakota calculated to $23,357, making the lifetime cost add up to $1,191,219. North Dakota was ranked the cheapest out of all the states for out-of-pocket costs and financial opportunity costs; however, the state was ranked 33 at $4729 per year for income loss per smoker. The state is also the only non-Southern state to land in the top 5 for least expensive states to be a smoker.



 
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