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Study Shows Real Costs of Smoking for Georgians


A recent report shows smoking costs the U.S. economy more than $600 billion every year. That figure includes both medical care and lost productivity as a result of smoking. Cassandra Happe is an analyst with the personal finance website WalletHub. She discussed the study's results.

That study also compared the costs of smoking on a state by state basis. While Georgia was considered one of the least expensive states for smokers, Happe says the habit still costs residents thousands of dollars each year.

According to the American Lung Association, tobacco use results in nearly half a million deaths annually in the U.S. There are an estimated 28 million tobacco users in the nation.

Alexia Ridley joined WUGA as Television and Radio News Anchor and Reporter in 2013. When WUGA TV concluded operations, she became the primary Reporter for WUGA Radio. Alexia came to Athens from Macon where she served as the News Director and show host for WGXA TV. She's a career journalist and Savannah native hailing from the University of Michigan. However, Alexia considers herself an honorary UGA DAWG!