With the economic and societal costs of smoking totaling more than $300 billion a year and rising, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on The Real Cost of Smoking by State.

To encourage the estimated 36.5 million tobacco users in the U.S. to kick the 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 Rhode Island (1=Lowest, 25=Avg.)

  • Out-of-Pocket Cost per Smoker – $174,981 (Rank: 50th)
  • Financial-Opportunity Cost per Smoker – $1,469,918 (Rank: 50th)
  • Health-Care Cost per Smoker – $269,173 (Rank: 49th)
  • Income Loss per Smoker – $238,219 (Rank: 32nd)
  • Other Costs per Smoker – $15,154 (Rank: 45th)
  • Total Cost Over Lifetime per Smoker: $2,167,445
  • Total Cost per Year per Smoker: $42,499

Costs Over A Lifetime Across The Country

Source: WalletHub

For the full report, visit:https://wallethub.com/edu/the-financial-cost-of-smoking-by-state/9520/

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. Although not the founder or original owner, Belmore has been with What'sUpNewp since its early beginnings in 2012.

Belmore was born in Providence, Rhode Island; grew up and graduated high school in Coventry, Rhode Island; and lived in Newport, Rhode Island for more than ten years. He currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals.

He and his wife, Jen, as well as their two dogs (Aero and June), recently moved to Alexandria, Virginia. Belmore travels back and forth to Newport every couple of weeks to cover events, work on story ideas, to meet with What'sUpNewp's on-the-ground contributors, to visit friends, and to eat as much seafood as possible.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.