The costs of tobacco on NY State

There are an estimated 2.5 million adult smokers in NY State

Deaths in New York From Smoking

  1. Adults who die each year in New York from their own smoking: 25,500
  2. Adult non-smokers who die each year from exposure to others' smoking: 3,040
  3. New York kids who have lost at least one parent to a smoking-caused death: 16,400
  4. Kids alive today who will ultimately die from smoking: 389,000 (given current smoking levels)

Tobacco-Related Monetary Costs in New York

  1. Annual smoking-related health care costs and lost productivity in NY total $14.2 billion
  2. Annual health care expenditures in the State directly caused by tobacco use: $8.17 billion
  3. Annual State Medicaid program's total health expenditures caused by tobacco use: $5.47 billion
  4. Annual health care expenditures in New York from secondhand smoke exposure: $317 million
  5. Residents' state/federal taxes to cover smoking-caused gov't costs: $5.9 billion ($903/household)
  6. Smoking-caused productivity losses in New York: $6.05 billion
  7. Smoking-caused health costs and productivity losses per pack sold in New York: $21.91

Other non-health costs caused by tobacco use include direct residential and commercial property losses from smoking-caused fires (about $400 million nationwide); the costs of the extra cleaning and maintenance made necessary by tobacco smoke and tobacco-related litter (about $4+ billion per year for commercial establishments alone); and additional work productivity losses from smoking-caused work absences, on-the-job performance declines, and disability during otherwise productive work lives (in the tens of billions nationwide) [productivity loss amount above is from smoking-death-shortened work lives, alone].

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 Businesses lose approximately $3,734 each year for every employee that smokes

  1. $1,791 in lost productivity
  2. $1,943 in excess medical expenditures


  1. Smokers' average 6.16 missed days of work per year due to illness (including smoking-related chronic conditions) compared to 3.86 days per year for non-smokers.
  2. Employees that smoke have almost twice as much lost production time per week than workers who do not smoke - a cost of $27 billion in productivity losses for employers nationwide.
  3. Businesses have averaged $2,189 in workers' compensation costs for smokers compared with $176 for nonsmokers.


The estimated average lifetime medical costs for a smoker exceed those for a nonsmoker by more than $6,000. This excess is a weighted average of costs incurred by all smokers, whether or not smoking-related illnesses develop.
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