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The Real Cost of Smoking by State


January 18, 2017

WalletHub - Smoking can not only ruin your health, it can also burn a nasty hole through your wallet. Tobacco use accounts for nearly half a million deaths in the U.S. each year and is the leading cause of lung cancer, according to the American Lung Association. Even those around tobacco smokers aren't safe from its harmful effects. Since 1964, smoking-related illnesses have claimed 20 million lives in the U.S., 2.5 million of which belonged to nonsmokers who developed diseases merely from secondhand-smoke exposure.

As studies have shown, the negative physical and financial effects of smoking can be significant. To advance the discussion, we asked a panel of experts to share their insight regarding smoking-cessation programs, e-cigarettes and other smoking-related concerns

Yi-Yuan Tang

Founding Director of Texas Tech Neuroimaging Institute, Presidential Endowed Chair in Neuroscience and Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences and Internal Medicine at Texas Tech University.

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