Cost of Tobacco

Tobacco related costs impact everyone in West Virginia. According to the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids:

  • Annual health care costs in West Virginia directly caused by smoking – $690 million
  • Portion covered by the state Medicaid program – $229 million
  • Residents’ state & federal tax burden from smoking-caused government expenditures – $584 per household
  • Smoking-caused productivity losses in West Virginia – $1.01 billion

Other studies, like Tobacco is Killing (and costing) Us by the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health, estimate between $846 million and over $1.064 billion in direct health care cost.

These costs are born by every taxpayer and business in West Virginia and continue to grow.

Only through comprehensive tobacco control and prevention efforts – coupled with strong public policy – will this burden be reduced. The CTFWV works with state and local agencies, government officials and policy makers, as well as private sector enterprises to fight tobacco’s cost to make West Virginia a healthier place to live and work.