Just How Expensive Is It To Smoke In Minnesota?
I ran into an interesting post on WalletHub, that has the annual and lifetime cost for smokers in each state. The first question that popped into my head was: Where does Minnesota rank?
I, myself, am not a smoker, but I have noticed that prices for cigarettes are fairly high here in Minnesota, and compared to other states, we are truly expensive. Not only is it the products, but also all of the medical bills that could come along with it, and many other factors.
Minnesota ranked 8th in terms of cost per year, at $37,349 and at eighth in lifetime at $1,904,792. That is a big chunk of change. The most expensive state is New York at $45,353 on an annual bases. That is about another $8,000 in cigarette purchases, while the cheapest was Kentucky at $22,285. That is over a $20,000 difference between states. Who would have thought?
Other neighboring states include North Dakota which ranks 44th, as it cost the smoker $23,467. Iowa ranks 29th at $27,337 and Wisconsin came in at 14th at $33,178. Americans as a whole spend about $300 billion including nearly $170 billion in direct medical care for adults.
Are you a smoker? Do you see that much damage to your wallet?
You can see the entire list HERE.