Smoking takes a major financial toll on Oklahoma. It is responsible for $1.62 billion in annual healthcare costs ($264 million in Medicaid costs alone) and a taxpayer burden of $899 per household. Smoking is also responsible for $2.1 billion in lost productivity.
Smoking takes a financial toll on the individual, too. For example, a pack-a-day smoker can spend well over $2,000 a year on cigarettes. Multiply that by the number of years and the costs really add up.
Quitting not only saves smokers money, but our state as a whole. If you or someone you know is thinking about quitting, check out our quitting page for more information.
Health Care Costs Due to Differences in Smoking RatesThis map shows how much money states spend or save as a result of how much higher or lower a state’s smoking rate is than the national average. The darker yellow states, like Oklahoma, are spending more than the national average due to their higher smoking rates.