Interactive Tool: How Much Is Smoking Costing You?

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Interactive Tool: How Much Is Smoking Costing You?

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Interactive Tool: How Much Is Smoking Costing You?

This interactive tool calculates how much money you have spent on cigarettes in the past or how much you will spend on them in the future. When computing future costs, this calculator does not take into account inflation or the rising cost of cigarettes or the taxes on them. The actual amount you spend will be higher.

Although you may be surprised at how much you spend on cigarettes over a period of time, smoking costs even more when you consider illnesses caused by smoking. The more cigarettes you smoke and the longer you smoke, the more costs will add up from smoking-related medical problems such as lung cancer, heart disease, or emphysema.

Perhaps most importantly, this tool can't calculate the costs that aren't measured in dollars. Smoking will eventually cost you time and will take a toll on your quality of life. And it will likely have an impact on the people you care about.

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  Cost of Smoking

What's next?

Quitting smoking can be difficult, especially if you have been smoking for a long time. It may take several tries before you succeed. But even if you have a strong dependence on nicotine, it is still possible to quit. And even if you have smoked for many years, quitting smoking now can still increase your lifespan and improve the quality of your life.

The best way to stop smoking is to get help and to follow a plan. You can increase your chances of quitting if you:

  • Take medicines such as bupropion (Zyban) or varenicline (Champix).
  • Use nicotine replacement therapy (gum, lozenges, patches, or inhalers).
  • Get counselling (by phone, group, or one-on-one).

Taking medicine and getting counselling works even better for quitting smoking.

Source: Healthwise (2004). Cost of smoking calculation formula: (Average number of cigarettes smoked per day/20) X (Cost for a 20-cigarette pack) X 365 X (Total number of years the person has smoked or intends to smoke).

Credits

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Primary Medical Reviewer Brian D. O'Brien, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer John Hughes, MD - Psychiatry
Last Revised August 1, 2011

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