If you live in Maryland, and smoke one pack of cigarettes a day you’ll end up spending $1,422 a year on cigarettes. Think of all the things you could do with that money!
In the U.S.
Smoking costs the U.S. more than $193 billion each year: $97 billion in productivity losses and $96 billion in smoking-related medical costs.
Secondhand smoke exposure costs the U.S. more than $4.98 billion each year.
The tobacco industry spends $12.8 billion ($35+ million/day) on marketing in the U.S. each year.
In the state of Maryland
Smoking-related adult medical costs were estimated at $1.96 billion. (2004)
Secondhand smoke-related medical costs were estimated at $595.7 million. (2005)
The annual cost for smoking by pregnant women was more than $3.1 million in 2004.
Achieving Maryland’s goal of a sustained 50% reduction in smoking from year 2000 levels could mean yearly savings of $968.2 billion for the state.
This doesn’t even take into account the human cost: 6,800 Marylanders die prematurely and 150,000 become sick each year due to tobacco related diseases.
1. Your personal cost
The cost of a pack of cigarettes varies by State. Currently, the State cigarette tax in MD is $2.00 and the final retail price (what you pay in a store) is $5.52. If you’re a smoker, those numbers really add up.
Think of all the things you could buy—or do—with that money!
2. Who is using tobacco?
• 16.2% of Maryland high school and middle school students use some form of tobacco product. (2008)
• 15.3% of Maryland high school students smoke cigarettes. (2008)
• 3.5% of Maryland middle school students smoke cigarettes. (2008)
3. The Good News
Between 2000 and 2006, there was an 18% decrease in tobacco use.
Between 2000 and 2006, there was a 35% increase in the percentage of adults who were successful in quitting using tobacco products.