It is widely known that smoking is harmful to one's health, however, the economic and societal costs of smoking are no less alarming. In light of Tobacco-Free Awareness Week (Jan. 18 - Jan. 24, 2016), Wallethub staffer Richie Bernardo takes a dive into the true cost per person of smoking in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The methodology of this study is calculating the potential monetary losses, including the cumulative cost of a cigarette pack per day over a certain period of time, health care expenditures, income losses, and other costs. In terms of the time span, Bernardo assumes an adult who smokes one pack of cigarettes every day starting at the age 18, when buying tobacco becomes legal in the U.S., over a lifespan of thereafter of 51 years, taking into account that 69 is the average age when a smoker dies.

The 10 states ranked at the bottom (where smoking costs most) are: New York, Massachusetts, Alaska, Hawaii, Connecticut,  Rhode Island, Minnesota, Washington, New Jersey, and District of Columbia.  

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