How much do you smoke?
The average smoker smokes 1 pack of cigarettes a day. At an average cost of $35 per pack, (and we know in most cases it is actually much more but we will just use that figure for the purpose of this exercise!) that is approximately $1050 a month. Or approximately $12,600 a year you are spending on cigarettes. So if You quit cigarettes in one session, you would save around $12,600 in the first year alone.
Smokers in Australia spend $12.7 Billion dollars a year in medical related costs. That is health insurance, medications, hospital stays, cancer treatment, heart treatment, etc and amounts to approximately $5,000+ a year per smoker. Which means you are paying an additional $5,000+ per year in medical costs.
So, if you add all of those up: $12,600 per year on cigarettes $5,000 per year in medical costs = $17,600 a year to smoke Now, how much is a year of your life worth?
The average smokers life is 14 years shorter than a non smoker. So by quitting you are literally adding 14 years onto your life. So if you make $50,000 a year, then certainly a year must be worth at least $50,000 – But we all know, you cannot even really put a price on a year of life.
So why don’t you take the money you would have burned up in smoke on cigarettes and invest it in becoming a non-smoker for life?
Call today on 0424 900 427 to make your appointment to become a non-smoker for life.
Smoking costs money as well as affecting your health.
Cigarettes are expensive and quitting can save you money now as well as saving on future health costs. If you need an added incentive to quit, think about how much of your weekly income is going up in smoke. One packet of 25 cigarettes costs around $35 and the price keeps rising. What could you do for yourself and your family with that extra money? More than you think. At today’s prices, if you smoke one pack of cigarettes each day for ten years, you’ll spend over $127,000 – easily enough to buy a new car, take a holiday and put a deposit on a house.
After one day After one day of not smoking, you’ve got an extra $35 in your pocket. You could treat yourself to a cafe lunch or buy a couple of your favourite magazines or books. The health benefits of not smoking for one day include:
- Most of the nicotine is cleared from your body.
- Your blood pressure and heart rate drop towards normal levels.
After two days You’ve saved $70. You could go to the movies, go to the footy or cricket, get your nails done or treat yourself to a nice bottle of wine. The health benefits of not smoking for two days include:
- You notice that your skin, hair and breath smell fresher.
- Less carbon monoxide in your system means your lungs are more efficient.
After one week Now you’ve got an extra $245 in your pocket. You could have a facial, take someone to dinner, buy ome new clothes, go to a gig, or buy a few books, CDs or DVDs. The health benefits of not smoking for one week include:
- The small hair-like structures that clean your lungs, called cilia, are starting to work again. Accumulated phlegm from smoking will loosen and you may start to cough it up.
- You will have higher blood levels of protective antioxidants, such as Vitamin C.
After one month You’ve saved $1050. You could go away for a weekend, go to Bali, cover your monthly petrol costs, or treat yourself to some new outfits and makeup or even some tools. The health benefits of not smoking for one month include:
- Your lungs are working more efficiently.
- Exercising is easier.
- Your immune system is starting to recover.
After three to six months After three months you’ve saved over $3,150. This is enough for a new computer, mobile and a plasma TV. After six months, you’ve got $6,300 to spend. You could take your family for a holiday in Queensland or buy a return ticket to London or the United States or put a good deposit on your wedding. The health benefits of not smoking for three to six months include:
- You don’t cough and wheeze as much anymore. Your lung function has continued to improve.
- Blood flow to your extremities, like fingers and toes, improves.
- Your body is better at healing cuts and wounds.
- You may feel less stressed or in a better mood than when you were smoking.
After one year You’ve saved $12,600. This is enough for an around-the-world plane ticket and a good holdiay, some new furniture, or a lump sum off your mortgage. The health benefits of not smoking for one year include:
- Your increased risk of premature death from heart attack is halved.
- Your blood pressure returns to normal.
Other cost-saving benefits of quitting If you quit smoking, you’ll save money in many other ways, including:
- You’re less likely to suffer from colds, the flu or other respiratory infections, which means fewer trips to the doctor, less money spent on medications and fewer sick days.
- You won’t need so many visits to the dentist to have your teeth professionally cleaned.
- You don’t have to spend as much time and money on maintaining the house. For example, smoking inside your home discolours paint and wallpaper.
- You cut down on your cleaning bills because clothes, furniture upholstery and the interior of your car no longer stink of cigarette smoke.
- The risk of fire in your home is lower.
Future benefits The health and financial benefits of quitting continue as the years go by.
- Your chances of conceiving a baby improve. Smoking can cause fertility problems, such as impotence in men and a lower chance of conceiving in women. Women who smoke during pregnancy are more likely to have a miscarriage.
- Over time, your senses of smell and taste will slowly improve.
- Within two to five years, your risk of stroke is substantially reduced. You’ve also saved between $25,000 and $63,000.
- After 10 years, your risk of lung cancer is less than half that of a continuing smoker and continues to decline (provided the disease is not already present). You’ve also saved over $127,000.
- After 15 years, your risk of coronary heart disease is nearly the same as a lifetime non-smoker. You’ve also saved over $190,000. and don’t forget the $5,000+ a year you are saving in smoking related medical costs!
- Quitting smoking benefits men and women of all ages and improves health in general. It is important to remember also that by YOU quitting cigarettes, you will improve the health of your children and family and other people around whom you smoke regularly!
Where to get help
- Your Quit Cigarettes Specialists – Sharon Allan & Dave Allan – 0424 900 427
Things to remember
- If you need added incentive to quit, think about how much of your weekly income is going up in smoke every week.
- At today’s prices, if you smoke one pack of cigarettes per day for 10 years, you’ll spend over $57,600 – easily enough to buy a new car.