2014's Best and Worst States at Combating the High Cost of Lung Cancer

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With November being Lung Cancer Awareness Month and the disease accounting for $12.1 billion of total cancer care costs and $36.1 billion in lost productivity, according to the most recent estimates, the leading personal finance social network WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2014’s Best & Worst States at Combating the High Cost of Lung Cancer.

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WalletHub ranked the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia based on 11 key metrics. The data set includes such metrics as air quality, the price of a cigarette pack and death rates from lung cancer.

Best States at Combating the High Cost of Lung Cancer

1 Hawaii
2 District of Columbia
3 Alaska
4 Utah
5 New Jersey
6 New York
7 Maryland
8 Massachusetts
9 Arizona
10 Washington

Worst States at Combating the High Cost of Lung Cancer
42 Oklahoma
43 Arkansas
44 West Virginia
45 Indiana
46 Tennessee
47 Kentucky
48 Mississippi
49 South Carolina
50 Alabama
51 Missouri

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Key Stats About Lung Cancer

The price for a pack of cigarettes is two times higher in Alaska than in South Carolina. Cigarette taxes are 26 times higher in New York than in Missouri. The number of adult tobacco users per capita is three times higher in West Virginia than in Utah. The percentage of smokers who attempted to quit is two times higher in Maryland than in Idaho.

The death rate from lung cancer is five times higher in Kentucky than in Utah. The estimated number of new lung cancer cases per capita is five times higher in West Virginia than in Utah.

Reference: Wallethub Report on Lung Cancer.

Written by Raz Daraban

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