Advertisement

What are the health and economic costs of smoking?

The average cost of a pack of cigarettes in the U.S. is $5.31, and depending on where you live, it could be a lot more. When you do the math, you'll realize you're spending a lot of money, probably at least a couple of thousand dollars a year, to support your nicotine addiction.  And that isn't counting extra medical costs and higher insurance bills for the bad things tobacco does to your health. Quit smoking and put that money to better use.

Smoking is the single largest preventable cause of disease, disability, and premature death in the United States. The numbers are sobering:

  • Cigarette smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke result in more than 443,000 deaths a year.
  • For every person who dies from smoking, another 20 people are living with a smoking-related disease.
  • Smoking costs the United States about $96 billion each year in medical expenses and $97 billion in lost productivity due to premature death.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

Smoking may cost you your life, and to add insult to injury, it'll burn a hole in your pocket while it's trashing your body. The price of cigarettes depends on the manufacturer and on your state taxes. If you smoke a pack a day, that can add up thousands of dollars a year if you live in a high-tax state. Then there's the medical and dental bills (yes, smoking does a number on your teeth too) and the lost wages if you or your kids get sick. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that tobacco costs Americans $97 billion in lost productivity plus $96 billion in healthcare costs. That's a lot of dough we're spending and a lot of suffering we're enduring for the sake of some little tobacco-filled sticks.

Continue Learning about Quit Smoking

Walking Helped Me Quit Smoking and Lose Weight
Walking Helped Me Quit Smoking and Lose Weight
I started walking . . . simply to take my mind off of smoking and distract myself from the cravings. I weighed 200 pounds and was also worried that qu...
Read More
What boundaries should I set as a recovering smoker?
Univ. of Nev. School of Medicine, Family MedicineUniv. of Nev. School of Medicine, Family Medicine
Make your home, car, and work areas smoke free. Also, avoid interaction with friends that will c...
More Answers
Kicking Butts: 50 Years of Progress
Kicking Butts: 50 Years of ProgressKicking Butts: 50 Years of ProgressKicking Butts: 50 Years of ProgressKicking Butts: 50 Years of Progress
Take a look at 10 anti-smoking milestones since the first Surgeon General’s report.
Start Slideshow
How Can I Have a Heart-Healthy Lifestyle?
How Can I Have a Heart-Healthy Lifestyle?

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.