In Virginia, the cost of tobacco use is substantial. About 9,200 adults die each year from smoking, 1,600 non-smokers die each year due to second hand smoke, and 6,900 children have lost a parent to smoking related death. Given current smoking levels, 152,000 kids living today will ultimately die of smoking.
The financial burden is just as depressing. Annual healthcare expenditures directly caused by tobacco use in Virginia are $3.11 billion. Our state and federal taxes allocated to cover smoking related cost is $1.6 billion (or $563.00 per household)