WalletHub calculated the cost of smoking for the 34+ million U.S. smokers


The estimated financial cost of smoking over a lifetime is just above $1.6 million per smoker.

As a society, the economic and societal costs of smoking totaling more than $300 billion a year and rising. Roughly 34.2 million tobacco users in the U.S.

WalletHub found the total cost per year per smoker in Texas is $30,220. The total cost over lifetime per Texan smoker is $1,541,203

Texans who smoke had a healthcare cost of $148,446. Costs include health care expenditures, income losses, even if the exposure is to secondhand smoke.

The income loss per Texas smoker is $247,366.

A pack of smokes in the 60s was a quarter. Now they're about $7.

Lung expert Dr. John Duncan said tobacco is a destructive, addictive product.

"The economic cost of tobacco, not just purchasing the pack themselves, but when you factor in the healthcare costs, loss of wages due to a sickness, being at home and surgical costs," said Duncan.

He agreed over a lifetime, the economic impact of tobacco is enormous.

"It kind of reminds me of the TV show, 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire', well, someone who quits tobacco could be if they would just stop the habit," said Duncan.

He added to never give up trying to kick the dangerous and costly habit.

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