The fine people at Treatment4Addictions, an online recovery center, have compiled a series of graphs and charts that show exactly how many years of one’s life an addiction can cost. While addictions of any kind can be detrimental to one’s health, be it alcohol, cigarettes, sex, or gambling, these charts also show the years stolen by far more addictive substances, such as meth, and heroin.
Data for the charts was obtained from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, as well as other official sources. In one example, smoking a pack of cigarettes a day will cost you roughly ten years of your life in total.
Froelich, Amanda. True Activist. Mar 31, 2015. (http://www.trueactivist.com/this-is-how-much-life-your-addictions-will-cost-you/)