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Cost of Tobacco

A tobacco habit has a hefty price tag — both on your life and your wallet. 

How Much Can You Save?


Sporting a nicotine addiction and buying cigarettes, vape products or chewing tobacco often is paying to make your life harder. When you support your nicotine addiction, you are funding your own demise. 

The average cost of a pack of cigarettes in the United States is about $7. That means if you smoke one pack a day at that price, you are spending $2,555 during the year. And that doesn't even cover the additional healthcare bills for the conditions you could develop from tobacco use like lung cancer, heart disease and more.

When you quit

How much money will you save?

Words here about how expensive tobacco is  and how to use the below calculator.  For example the average cost of a pack of cigarettes in South Dakota is $6.01

Number of per day:

Cost of cigarette pack:


  • After 1 month, you will have saved $450.00 and have added 10 days to your life.
  • After 6 months, you will have saved $2,730.00 and have added 56 days to your life.
  • After 1 year, you will have saved $5,475.00 and have added 112 days to your life.
  • After 5 years, you will have saved $27,375.00 and have added 558 days to your life.

True Cost of Tobacco

What could you spend your money on instead?

Basic Family Living Items

To put things into perspective, here are a few items that families typically spend their money on in their
monthly budget.

House Downpayment A 5% down payment on a $150,000 house is $7,500 — though most houses cost much more than this.
New Car Payment The average monthly car payment for new cars is $729.
Used Car Payment The average monthly car payment for used cars is $528.
Disposable Diapers A box of 150 diapers is $44.99.
Infant Formula A can of formula (12.4 oz) is $18.49.
Childcare In South Dakota, the average annual cost of infant care is $6,511—that's $543 per month.

Fun Items

Here are some fun things you could afford more easily if you didn’t smoke, vape or chew.

Disneyworld Vacation A baseline Disney World vacation cost for a family of four (two adults, one child 10+, one child 3- 9) is $6,865 in 2024
Video Game A new-release video game is about $60.
Dining Out A meal at a fast food restaurant can cost about $11.
Athletic Sneakers A new pair athletic sneakers are $125.
Nintendo Switch A new Nintendo Switch is about $300.
XBox Series S A new Xbox Series S is about $250.
Streaming Service A subscription to Netflix for a year is $185.
Premium brand clothing premium brand leggings are about $98
iphone 15 A new Iphone is about $900
Playstation 5 A new PlayStation 5 is about $550.
XBox Series X A new Xbox Series X is about $500.