With the New Year passing this is the most common time that people start or try to give up smoking. Well if either of this is true or you just want to read about another reason to give up just spend a few minutes of your time to read this article.
Many articles already address the importance of quitting smoking, with some focusing on the health risks involved and others highlighting the vanity & image related reasons. The Centre for Disease control estimates that around 23% of adults aged between 25-44 still smoke, whilst smoking remains the number one cause of preventable death in the US. It's almost as if our health and how we look simply aren't good enough reason to stop poisoning our bodies with such toxic smoke.
Bad for the body and your wallet
From research taken from Tobacco Free Kids as of October 2010, the average pack of cigarettes stood at a whopping £5.59. Although cost does vary for region and applicable taxes involved, this is still quite a dent on your daily expenditure. (These results are based on buying a packet every day which about 40-60% of smokers actually do)
Just think to yourself now, imagine if each day you woke up you found £5 at the side of your bed. What would you do with it? Let us tell you the potential of that £5.
- One Week - It's a saving of almost £40. That's enough to eat away from the office at lunch everyday, fuel your car for a week or 2, or take your other half out on a date.
- One Month - £160 stays in your pocket, In my opinion I would rather have this sort of money and go to Alton Towers than smoke for a month. Or go to a special dinner or night out. lastly you could even go to a spa and have the ultimate relaxation experience.
- One Year - This is when things start to get serious, over £2000 serious! This is enough to place a deposit on a new car, take an holiday away to somewhere tropical or even re-do your bathroom with a top of the range steam shower unit. With the average UK wage standing at around £16,000 this is saving an incredible 12.5% of your years earnings.
- Five Years - If one year was not enough to get you to stop, why are you even reading this. If enough people new how much they could save you would be mad to not at least try to quit. Smoking is not worth losing well over £10000 every five years. Just think this is enough to place a deposit on a house, or clear most debts or even completely buy a new car.
Just take some time to yourself and work our how long you have been smoking then using the information below work our a estimated amount that you have lost because you have been smoking and THEN think of all the things you could of bought with that.For every Week Times By 40. For every Month Times By 160. For every Year Times By 2000.
An example of this would be one of my mates who smoked for about 22 Years and 8 Months. (From age 16-38/39).
That works out to be a total of £45280. If you think about that it nearly 3 Years of the average UK yearly wage. So in theory he lost 3 years of wages because he was smoking.
Even if you not someone who smokes this often then still take time and work our how much you are losing out on.
Kick the habit today
Many health studies already support infinite reasons of why quitting smoking benefits your body. If it takes realization of the financial factors involved such as the ones mentioned above for you to quit then why start today.