Although cigarette smoking has become less cool than it used to be, there are still millions of people who are addicted to a $5-$8/pack a day habit. You have already heard smoking is bad for your health. I’m here to tell you it is bad for your budget, just as BargainBabe.com blogger Mike Barclay did last month. This post is for anyone who is a smoker or knows a smoker who really wants to stop.
First of all, let me tell you that I was a THREE pack a day smoker. How can anyone smoke that much? If you live on cigarettes and coffee and have a cig burning at all times. I know about smoking and quitting smoking.
A recent study found the cost of cigarettes nationwide is $5.28, plus local taxes. There are places online where you can buy them for less (no…. I am NOT going to put a link.) How much does your pack-a-day habit cost?
365 x $5.28/pack = $1,927
Egad! I’ve has passed out from excessive waste of money. Over twenty year’s time, that would be $38,544 or enough to put a 20% down payment on a $192,720 home.
I wouldn’t write this if I didn’t know about a solution. Allen Carr wrote a book called The Easy Way to Stop Smoking. Every person that I know who has wanted to stop smoking who read this book stopped smoking and never started again. (I did not use Allen Carr’s book to stop smoking. I wish I had known about it, it would have been easier for me than the way I did it.)
Carr’s book has sold over 12 million copies so you can certainly find a copy for free through Freecycle or a paperback swap site. Carr’s website has celebrity testimonials on the power of this simple, yet extremely effective method to quit smoking. Check out Carr’s website and book if you truly want to quit smoking.
Have you quit smoking? What method worked for you?