WalletHub looked into the per-person cost of smoking in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Analysts 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.
For their calculations, WalletHub assumed each adult who smokes a pack of cigarettes per day started at age 21. They also assumed a lifespan of 48 more years, taking into account that 69 is the average age at which smokers die.
To see how WalletHub calculated out-of-pocket, health care and other costs, read the full methodology here.
Georgia’s costs annually and over a lifetime ranked it No. 8 overall.
Tobacco use also cost, per smoker:
Out-of-pocket cost: $92,856 (No. 2)
Financial-opportunity cost: $1,035,226 (No. 2)
Health care cost: $114,114 (No. 4)
Income loss: $535,507 (No. 22)
Other costs: $12,486 (No. 33)
Smokers in Mississippi had the lowest costs, followed by Missouri, Alabama, North Carolina and Tennessee, in that order. In fact, of the 10 states with the lowest expenses, WalletHub found, nine were in the South.