New Study Shows Lake Area Smokers Spend Millions In A Lifetime

All News Business Health Saturday, January 16th, 2021

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Smoking cigarettes in the Lake Area can be expensive, as proven by a new study by

New numbers show the average cost of a one-pack-per day smoker in Missouri is over a million dollars.

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Jill Gonzales with WalletHub tells KRMS News health-care costs for a Lake Area smoker over a lifetime average over $150-thousand dollars.

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But the average total amount of money lost over a lifetime for a Lake Area smoker could be as high as $1.7 million dollars when factoring in health care costs and other financial opportunities missed.

Gonzales was interviewed by Christian Blood on The Ozarks Today.


With smokers having an elevated risk of severe symptoms from COVID-19 and the economic and societal costs of smoking totaling more than $300 billion per year, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on The Real Cost of Smoking by State, as well as accompanying videos.

To encourage the estimated 34.2 million tobacco users in the U.S. to kick this dangerous habit, WalletHub calculated the potential monetary losses — including the lifetime and annual costs of a cigarette pack per day, health care expenditures, income losses and other costs — brought on by smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke.

The Financial Cost of Smoking in Missouri (1=Lowest, 25=Avg.):

  • Out-of-Pocket Cost per Smoker – $86,023 (Rank: 1st)
  • Financial-Opportunity Cost per Smoker – $959,049 (Rank: 1st)
  • Health-Care Cost per Smoker – $150,465 (Rank: 28th)
  • Income Loss per Smoker – $496,014 (Rank: 13th)
  • Other Costs per Smoker – $11,296 (Rank: 23rd)
  • Total Cost Over Lifetime per Smoker: $1,702,848
  • Total Cost per Year per Smoker: $35,476

For the full report, please visit:

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