Cigarette smoking is depleting more than your health — it’s also emptying out your bank account. According to a new analysis by financial consultancy company WalletHub, the average American smoker shells out anywhere from $1 million to $2.5 million throughout their lives on cigarette-related costs. That’s right, millions. The “average smoker” in this study is someone who smokes one pack of cigarettes a day.
A hefty portion of those costs come from the money thrown away on tobacco products themselves. The rest of the money goes to healthcare costs and income loss — which previous studies have shown can come from absenteeism, workplace bias or lower productivity from all the health problems lighting up every day will give you.