We know. We know. Right about now you're thinking...what do you mean "enough about us"....we can never have too much of the Tightwads (hee hee). Well, don't worry, we'll be rambling on about ourselves soon enough. This post however is dedicated to our dear friend, who we'll call "Glam Gal" (because she really is very glamourous). The other day, Glam Gal told us that her 2011 resolution is going to involve huge savings ! (even though this is NOT her motivation). Glam Gal has decided that this is the year she stops smoking !!!!!!!! Whoopie!!!!
Glam Gal cites the obvious health benefits as her impetus to quit. As health care workers we couldn't agree more that this is THE biggest reason to quit this stinking (literally) habit for good. But, as Tightwads, we can't help but appreciate the huge financial benefit of butting out. These days in Quebec a pack of 25 cigarettes costs about 9$. According to results from the Canadian Tobacco Use Monitoring Survey (CTUMS), in 2009 Canadian daily smokers aged 15 and older consumed an average of 13.3 cigarettes a day. So, we can estimate that an "average smoker" will spend $4.50 a day for smokes. A little math and that brings us to a grand total of $1,642.50 a year! Of course, this amount is for the "average" daily smoker and doesn't consider all the cigarettes that your occasional smoker friends (ahem), ex-smoker friends and cheap smoker friends, bum off of you. Also, this amount does not factor in the days when you will smoke more than the average; days when you're stressed, happy, up really late, trying to lose that last 5 pounds (damn you cigarettes for your ability to cut a person's appetite) or just because you feel you deserve it. That means that over the course of 20 years...a smoker will spend about 32, 850$ on a habit that makes your teeth yellow, your hair smell, your breath stink and your lungs black...seems like a silly investment.
And there`s more! The financial cost of smoking is usually only equated with the cost of the cigarettes. Well folks, we beg to differ. The cost of smoking is much more than that pack of smokes alone. Who goes to the corner store to buy cigarettes and doesn't also pick up a pack of gum or a bag of potato chips or a can of soda? Which smoker hasn`t at least once bought a fancy Zippo lighter? Which smoker hasn`t taken advantage of the relatively recent tooth whitening revolution to help them keep their smile bright? Which smoker hasn`t invested in warmer- (and hence more expensive)-than-would-have-been-normally-purchased winter wear now that smokers are relegated to the great outdoors when dining out or when at work?
So, yes, smoking cigarettes can contribute to heart and lung disease, can reek havoc on your appearance and can make a serious dent in your disposable income. Still, we know that the habit is incredibly hard to kick (which is why people who are trying to quit spend so much money on patches, gums and drugs to help them..now THAT is a wise investment!). So, to our Glam Gal and to anyone else who is trying to stop smoking, we tip our hats! The road ahead will be tough... but we know you can do it. And when you do, we`ll go out to celebrate....on you of course ;)
With much love,