RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) — A little money can go a long way in helping people quit smoking, according to a new survey.
Oklahoma Smokes, a maker of CBD cigarettes, surveyed 3,595 people to find out if there was a dollar amount they would agree to get them to quit smoking.
The survey found that it would take an incentive of $7,930 for people in North Carolina to quit smoking. It was below the national average of $9,080.
According to the survey, Vermont smokers would accept the lowest cash incentive of $1,694 to quit smoking. Hawaiian smokers would most need a cash incentive of $16,500.
The CDC considers cigarette smoking to be the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States. It kills over 480,000 Americans every year.
The CDC reports that 16 million people are living with serious smoking-related illnesses in the United States. They report that the country spends more than $300 billion a year on smoking-related illnesses. Oklahoma Smokes said the figure works out to an annual cost of $8,832 per smoker.
Smoking has been linked to cancers, heart disease and strokes, among other illnesses.
The Oklahoma Smoke survey also found that about 18% of female smokers and 16% of male smokers felt ostracized by society for smoking. Broken down by age, nearly a quarter of people aged 45 to 54 feel ostracized. This figure for North Carolina smokers was much lower with only 15% of smokers feeling ostracized by society for their smoking habit.