I frequent gas stations and convenient stores and often hear about the high prices of cigarettes. I wasn't shocked to learn that Washington state is one of the most expensive when it comes to the true cost of smoking.

How much?

On average, $1,954,162 per smoker in Washington State according to WalletHub.

Now, close to two million dollars is more money than I'll ever see in my life time, but where is that money going? They break it down for us.

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

  • Out-of-Pocket Cost per Smoker – $145,476 (Rank: 45th)
  • Financial Opportunity Cost per Smoker – $1,375,636 (Rank: 45th)
  • Health-Care Cost per Smoker – $176,558 (Rank: 36th)
  • Income Loss per Smoker – $246,000 (Rank: 40th)
  • Other Costs per Smoker – $10,492 (Rank: 24th)
  • Total Cost Over a Lifetime per Smoker: $1,954,162
  • I'm not going to be the one to tell you what you should and shouldn't do with your money. However, think of the cool stuff you could get with that money one is using on cigarettes. Pretty crazy.

    Maybe we're not as bad as New York at $2,452,735 but we could get ourselves on the other end of the list with states like Missouri, Kentucky and first place being Louisiana with $1,232,159 total cost per smoker.

    WalletHub breaks it down further. You can get more indepth at wallethub.com.

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