Christmas is fast approaching and it’s an expensive time for everyone. But if you smoke – whether cigarettes or hand-rolled tobacco - have you ever considered what festive goodies it could pay for instead?
Fresh has been adding up the costs – and it is scary how they mount up – with up to £2,500 a year going up in smoke. This could pay for a festive family trip, your Christmas food shopping and all of your Christmas presents – and even a trip to Lapland!
Prices using a supermarket comparison website show how the cost of smoking stacks up day by day and week by week, even for someone buying cigarettes in a bulk pack of 5 x 20 priced at £49.52:
Look at what someone smoking 10 a day could save by quitting:
*Dependent on date.*
And for couples the savings are even greater:
Fancy getting away with the kids? You can treat yourselves to a family trip to Kielder Winter Wonderland including 3 nights in a Heritage Lodge as well as tickets for the full-day experience for three months’ savings of £900. [Source: Kielder Winter Wonderland] *Dependent on date.*
Ailsa Rutter OBE, Director of Fresh, said: “At a time when stresses are often running high and people are feeling hard up, we want to let people know just how much better off they can be when they quit smoking. Stopping smoking has been shown to improve mood and help relieve stress, anxiety and depression.
“It can also feel like an instant pay rise, which can really help to take some of the pressure off. All those savings could be put towards your Christmas gifts, the all-important food shop or your precious family experiences.
“But by quitting smoking, you could give your family the best present of all this Christmas, by instantly starting to improve your health and improving the odds you will be around for many more Christmas’s in the future. There are more ways to quit than ever before and we’re reminding people that’s it’s never too late to benefit.”
Switching to a less harmful form of nicotine delivery like vaping using an e-cigarette can also bring big savings compared to cigarettes. It’s estimated that by completely switching from smoking to vaping can mean you spending around a quarter of you might have spent on smoking. It is also much less harmful for your body than smoking tobacco.
Local stop smoking services can also boost the odds of success with all services in the North East welcoming people using electronic cigarettes to stop.
The Money Advice Service recommends setting a savings goal to help you stay motivated – so rather than smoking, think of that something you’d want to use that money for instead whether a holiday, a car, towards a deposit on a home or even to build up an emergency savings pot. Then each time you think about buying a pack of smokes, you can visualise what you’re giving up instead.
How much money could you save by stopping smoking?
Answer the two questions below and then click “Calculate” to see how much money you could save!
Please note that the figures above are simply an indication of how much you could save based on the cost of a packet of cigarettes and your daily intake.
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