Butt out and save thousands

Butt out and save thousandsWe all know that smoking is bad for your health. But have you ever considered how much harm smoking does to your financial position?

As of 1 September 2015, the price of cigarettes in Australia will increase by 12.5 per cent. For someone who smokes a pack a day, they will need to fork out around $7,000 a year to keep their habit going.

Why you should quit

Tobacco smoke contains harmful substances and smoking causes many fatal diseases. In fact, it is the leading preventable cause of death and disease in Australia.

Smoking causes a range of illnesses and diseases, including at least 10 different cancers.

It also contributes to:

  • Cardio-cerebral vascular disease: Heart diseases, stroke, atherosclerosis, abdominal aortic aneurysm, peripheral vascular disease.
  • Respiratory diseases: Pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, respiratory symptoms such as coughing and phlegm production.
  • Pregnancy-related diseases: Foetal growth retardation, premature delivery, miscarriage and other complications during pregnancy.
  • Other disorders: Impotence, infertility, osteoporosis, peptic ulcer, ageing of the skin and periodontitis.

Second-hand smoke also impacts those around you and can cause other people to become sick.

There’s no getting around that quitting smoking is the best thing anyone can do for their health.

Why are cigarettes going up?

The price increase on tobacco is a strategy by the Federal Government to reduce smoking rates in Australia. According to figures released by the Cancer Institute of NSW, rising costs of cigarettes led three-quarters of quitters to their decision to quit.

Over one third of current smokers support the price increase, as a way to discourage young people to take up smoking and to encourage current smokers to quit.

Quitting smoking is extremely difficult for most people, but something well worth the effort.

Benefits of quitting

According to QuitNow [i], typical benefits of quitting are:

  • After 12 almost all of the nicotine is out of your system.
  • After 24 hours the level of carbon monoxide in your blood has dropped dramatically. You now have more oxygen in your bloodstream.
  • After 5 days most nicotine by-products have gone.
  • Within days your sense of taste and smell improves.
  • Within a month your blood pressure returns to its normal level and your immune system begins to show signs of recovery.
  • Within 2 months your lungs will no longer be producing extra phlegm caused by smoking.
  • After 12 months your increased risk of dying from heart disease is half that of a continuing smoker.
  • Stopping smoking reduces the incidence and progression of lung disease including chronic bronchitis and emphysema.
  • After 10 years of stopping 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).
  • After 15 years your risk of heart attack and stroke is almost the same as that of a person who has never smoked.

Think about your wallet

With the increased price of cigarettes, focusing on the amount you can save by kicking cigarettes may be an extra incentive.

Save thousands when you butt outBased on pack-per-day habit, you can save:

$7,000 — after the first year = overseas holiday

$21,000 — after 3 years = a new car

$35,000 — after 5 years = a deposit for a house.

So contact the Quitline today on 137848 and take control of your health and your finances.

Further information:

QuitNow http://www.quitnow.gov.au/

[i] Quit Now, Benefits of Quitting, last updated30 May 2012; accessed 31 August 2015, http://www.quitnow.gov.au/internet/quitnow/publishing.nsf/Content/benefits-of-quitting