Video: The Hidden Costs of Cigarettes

Klaus Kneale
by Klaus Kneale
December 5, 2012

Even for those big on the promise of electronic cigarettes, it can sometimes be easy to forget just how big and how bad conventional cigarettes are for people, the environment, and the economy. has taken to reminding us with the first of its video series Hidden Costs.

The goal of the Hidden Cost series is look at products common to most people’s day and grade their social return (an admittedly hazy term that could use some definition).  Cigarettes are an easy target for the series to launch on, but the facts are still worth checking out and concisely organized.  I for one am curious about what they’ll grade iPhones, music programs like Pandora and Spotify, social internet experiments like Facebook and Reddit, and even pizza delivery.  It might sound crazy, but it’s the obscure and unexpected that may teach us the most about where our financial, environmental, and social resources are going.

Anyway, take a look. is a consumer-focused information source for news and advice as it relates to insurance.


24 Responses to “Video: The Hidden Costs of Cigarettes”

      kjpennell on December 5th, 2012 7:20 pm

      I really enjoyed this ty very much

        saboinia on December 5th, 2012 8:24 pm

        very imformative ty ty ty ty ty

          Karla Lyle on December 5th, 2012 9:13 pm

          Those numbers are crazy!! It is amazing just how bad cigarettes really are and how much it is costly us all.

            slap_maxwell on December 5th, 2012 9:26 pm

            “Social return”? Sounds like a euphemism for “Meddling Nannies Forcing Their Will On Others.” To even tacitly support the notion of “social costs” and/or “social returns” you have to support the notion that some people have the right to take from one person to give to another. That’s typically called stealing. I don’t recognize anyone’s claim to have a right to steal….

              Johnathan Brown on December 5th, 2012 10:11 pm

              It really is crazy how we continue to do this to ourselves and love it so much, only to be hurt so bad by it, and hurt everything else around us. Sad stuff.

                John on December 6th, 2012 3:25 am

                Most people just prefer to ignore what they don’t wish to hear. I was always like this when I smoked cigs… and even after hearing it now, it bothers me more because I’ve quit… I almost feel like all those other non smokers when I was a smoker.

                  MorrinB on December 6th, 2012 5:37 am

                  That kind of hurt to watch, but thank you for sharing. Information is power.

                    chad on December 6th, 2012 9:44 am

                    Thanks for dharing!

                      chad on December 6th, 2012 9:45 am


                        lpennell on December 6th, 2012 3:43 pm


                          robovape on December 6th, 2012 5:28 pm

                          wow, they only get a D- … thanks for sharing this, i’m interested in the rest of the series as well…

                            Steve Mitchell on December 7th, 2012 5:03 pm

                            nice info

                              Sabrina Mitchell on December 7th, 2012 5:35 pm

                              wow, never thought of things that way.

                                Donald Hammond on December 8th, 2012 1:53 am

                                I think just the cost of actual cigarettes is enough to make most want to quit.

                                  Mike on December 9th, 2012 3:06 am


                                    robovape on December 9th, 2012 7:26 pm

                                    the clips about twinkies and soda are really interesting too…

                                      sandi on December 10th, 2012 12:26 am

                                      very clever video

                                        Nathaniel on December 12th, 2012 7:40 am

                                        Thanks for the insightful video!

                                          Mike on December 14th, 2012 11:44 am

                                          The math and the $ is just wow

                                            Mike on December 14th, 2012 11:44 am

                                            Look at the stuff I could have bought

                                              Philippe Caron-Boutin on December 26th, 2012 8:34 pm


                                                Adam on December 29th, 2012 4:33 pm

                                                I have shared this with friends. I love smoking but hate being a smoker. Hopefully this e-cig will solve my identity crisis here.

                                                  Mike on January 8th, 2013 2:17 am

                                                  Wow! Thanks for that one!

                                                    RCO67 on April 15th, 2013 4:37 am

                                                    Good info . The facts and figures are really amazing.

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