Smoking Costs an Idahoan Over a Million Dollars in a Lifetime
Idaho ranks 10th on the list that highlights real costs of smoking, and some of these numbers are unbelievable!
If you've never wanted to kick the habit before, the idea that you could have a million dollars leftover might be just what you need. Holy....um, smokes.
The lifetime cost of smoking in Idaho is $1.2 million, according to Wallethub. Smokers are spending about $24,000 per year, according to the report, not only on cigarettes, but also on medical issues that pop up because of smoking. Lost income is also factored in, along with issues that creep in because of second hand smoke.
It's harder to smoke in Boise than it used to be, and that may be because state law cracks down hard on smoking, and Boise's smoking ordinance fills in most gaps. Boise's anti-smoking ordinance includes "all enclosed places of employment within the City and all or part of Boise’s public parks, including the Greenbelt." Smoking is banned at bars, private clubs, inside taxis, employee break rooms, and within 20 feet of a bus stop, among other places.
Have you noticed a decrease in smoking scenes in movies and on TV? We have. So as we see less of it in the big picture, maybe fewer people will pick up the habit and the costs associated will decrease. Until then, Idahoans are spending big bucks on it. According to this, instead of playing the lottery, all a smoker has to do to become a millionaire is put down the smokes. Who knew!