Augusta Free Press

Lifetime costs of smoking: $1 million?

How much does smoking cost you over a lifetime? It’s likely you wouldn’t guess more than $1 million. But it’s actually well over a million, according to a new study by WalletHub.

The study puts the lifetime cost to a smoker in Virginia at $1.35 million, which is, yeah, wow.

To encourage the more than 66 million tobacco users in the U.S. to kick the dangerous habit, WalletHub’s analysts calculated the potential monetary losses — including the cumulative cost of a cigarette pack per day over several decades, health care expenditures, income losses and other costs — brought on by smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke.


Smoking costs: Breaking it down