More than $1 million spent on tobacco in NJ

January 21, 2015 5:12 AM

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Trying to reduce the amount of cigarette smokers — an estimated 42.1 million people in the United States alone — is not a modern feat. But for the first time this year in alignment with Tobacco-Free Awareness Week, spanning from Jan. 18 to 24, academics compiled a record of just how expensive smoking can be by looking at more than just the price sticker on a pack of Marlboro Reds.

The researchers, St. Francis College’s Irina Ellison and Hunter College’s Dee Burton, looked at four aspects for determining the cost of smoking, according to a study by WalletHub. Their results yielded numbers for the total cost per smoker, tobacco cost per smoker, income loss per smoker and other ...

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