THE COSTS OF SMOKING

  • Smoking kills more people than alcohol, AIDS, car crashes, illegal drugs, murders, and suicides combined - and thousands more die from other tobacco related causes - such as fires caused by smoking (More than 1,000 deaths/year nationwide) and smokeless tobacco use (Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids).
  • Adults who die each year from their own smoking - 20,000 (Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids).
  • According to the American Cancer's Society report, Cancer Prevention and Early Detection Facts and Figures 2010, approximately 87 percent of lung cancer deaths can be attributed to tobacco (American Cancer Society).
                          Cost of Smoking By Years 
 
Price/pack - $4.50 ½ pack/day 1 pack/day 1½ packs/day 2 packs/day
1 Year $ 821 $ 1,643 $ 2,464 $ 3,285
10 Years $ 8,213 $16,425 $24,638 $32,850
20 Years $16,425 $32,850 $49,275 $65,700





 
 TOBACCO-RELATED COSTS IN PENNSYLVANIA
 
TOBACCO INDUSTRY ADVERTISING AND OTHER PRODUCT PROMOTION
 
PENNSYLVANIA GOVERNMENT POLICIES AFFECTING THE TOLL OF TOBACCO IN PENNSYLVANIA
  • Annual state tobacco prevention spending:  $14.7 million [National rank:  30th (with 1 as best), based on percent of CDC recommended minimum] (Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids)
  • State cigarette tax per pack effective as of November 1, 2009:  $1.60 [National rank:  20th] (average state tax is $1.57 per pack) (Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids)