What’s the Real Cost of Smoking?

The real cost of smoking

Do you know anyone who smokes? Maybe a friend or relative? Maybe yourself? Do you know the real cost of smoking?

I quit smoking over 20 years ago when my daughter was born because I didn’t want my kids to see me smoking, or be exposed to it around the house.

Just knowing it was “bad for me” wasn’t enough because I had all my normal justifiers in place. I would tell myself how much “I loved to smoke” and how much I “loved the taste of it”, and on and on.

I think most people who smoke probably think the same way. They’ll quit for the sake of someone else, but not for their own sake. We all know it’s bad for us and that we SHOULD quit, but actually quitting isn’t as easy as it should be.

What is the real cost of smoking?

Here is some interesting number crunching that caught my attention recently:

  • The average pack of cigarettes (including tax) in the USA is currently about $7.00.
  • Smoking just 1 pack each day costs about $49 weekly, $210 monthly, and $2,555 annually.
  • This does not take price increases or inflation into account. Remember, only 7 years ago the average pack of cigarettes in the USA cost about $4.00. Who knows what they’ll cost even 5 years from now.
  • At $2,555 annually, that’s $25,550 over the next 10 years IF THE PRICE DOES NOT INCREASE.
  • What can an extra $2,555 annually do for the average family? A LOT!

That extra $210 every month can buy a couple weeks worth of groceries, possibly cover a car payment (or at least an insurance payment), electric bill, the list goes on and on.

$2,555 annually can buy a really nice new computer every year if you want, or a nice annual vacation.

That’s just based on the actual cost of a pack of cigarettes, and smoking only a pack a day. Double it for 2 packs a day. I think you get the picture.

What about other costs affected by smoking? Here are some of the hidden (or not so hidden) costs that many people don’t even consider:

  • Health insurance for a smoker generally costs about 40% more than for that of a non-smoker.
  • Life insurance for a smoker generally costs over 100% more than for that of a non-smoker.
  • People who smoke in their vehicles depreciate the value of that vehicle by more than 50%.
  • People who smoke in their homes depreciate the value of the home due to the smell of rotten smoke. This varies so widely per area that there are no real percentages to go by.
  • How much is your lost time worth when you take smoke breaks at work (especially for commissioned sales people).
  • How much do smokers spend on cough drops, medications, health insurance deductibles, etc do to smokers cough and various diseases caused by smoking?
  • I could go on and on, but the point kinda makes itself, doesn’t it?

The above expenses are the real cost of smoking that most people never even consider!

If you smoke, or if someone you care about smokes, the good news is that quitting is MUCH easier than you think.

When I gave it up, I just quit “cold turkey”. I never did the nicotine patches, pills, or any of that. I just quit, and never even though of doing it again. In fact, the smell of cigarette smoke is actually repulsive to me now, and there is no way I could ever consider even trying it again, especially with the cost of smoking being so ridiculously high.

Most people have a very difficult time quitting cold turkey though. Patches and pills don’t work (just ask anyone who has tried them). Sure, there is the placebo effect where you could just give someone a pill made out of chalk, tell them it will help them quit, and they’d quit, but that is only about 20% of the people.

I use hypnotherapy on all my clients who wish to quit smoking. It is simply the most effective method I’ve ever found. It leaves the client in a state of mind as though they never smoked before. No cravings, no desire at all to light up another cigarette. Period. And that’s the way it should be. No relapsing.

If you, or someone you care about wants to quit, get in touch with me, or have them get in touch with me at 1 (971) 333-1188 for a free confidential consultation today. There is no obligation, and at the very least, you (or they) might learn some valuable tips that can help.

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Dr Gary Danko
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