Tobacco Costs

Tobacco is still a problem all across the state and here in Central Minnesota.

Tobacco use costs us a lot and these staggering facts below show the dramatic impact of smoking on Minnesotans.

  • Influence and Emotional Costs
    Annual portion spent for Minnesota marketing each year $110.5 million estimate
    Annual tobacco industry marketing expenditures nationwide $8.9 billion


  • Health Costs
    Adults who die each year form their own smoking 6,300
    Kids now under 18 and alive in Minnesota who will ultimately die prematurely from smoking 102,000
    Proportion of cancer deaths in Minnesota attributed to smoking 26.7%

    Smoking kills more people than alcohol, AIDS, car crashes, illegal drugs, murders, and suicides combined — and thousands more die from other tobacco-related causes — such as fires caused by smoking (more than 1,000 deaths/year nationwide) and smokeless tobacco use.

  • Economic Costs
    Annual health care costs in Minnesota directly cause by smoking $2.51 billion
    Medicaid costs cause by smoking in Minnesota $563.2 million
    Smoking-caused health costs and productivity losses per pack sold in Minnesota $19.16 per/pack
    Smoking-cause productivity losses in Minnesota $1.54 billion


    Amounts do not include health costs caused by exposure to secondhand smoke, smoking-caused fires, smokeless tobacco use, or cigar and pipe smoking. Tobacco use also imposes additional costs such as workplace productivity losses and damage to property.


2017 Lost Productivity


2017 Health Care Costs and Smoking in Minnesota