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The Relation between Quitting Smoking and Actually Not Being Able to Afford It - Cigarettes Are Expensive!

Updated on November 26, 2012

Quitting smoking is obviously something a lot of people are interested in. We can see hundreds of hubs written on the subject, and find even more question asked on the topic of how one can quit smoking easily, permanently, cost-effectively and so on. I am not, nor have I ever been, someone who thinks he knows everything. In fact, I am almost always open to the ideas of others, as well as willing to understand others even if they have opinions and beliefs that oppose mine. However, I am getting more and more tired of people who are trying to quit smoking without really wanting to do it.

Quitting Smoking Is a Something that Happened in Your Head

I successfully quit smoking some time ago, and I did it cold turkey. This means I didn’t resort to any “helpers”, such as nicotine patches, gums, electronic cigarettes, or whatever else people seem to se using. All I did was decide I wanted to quit, and smoked my last cigarette without even thinking about buying the next pack. However, there is one thing that I recently concluded – and this is the fact that I actually wasn’t able to afford all those packs of cigarettes I had bought in the months prior to finally quitting smoking.


Smoking Is Not Only Unhealthy, It Is Extremely Expensive As Well

I don’t know about you, but I have the following attitude towards the whole “cost of smoking” thing: even if it cost us just a couple of cents a pack, there is no real need to waste money on something that will ruin your health. The reality is, however, that cigarettes cost much more than a few cents a pack. When I quit smoking, a pack of cigarettes, the brand I used to buy, cost about $2 or $2.5. I often got through even a couple of packs a day, but not each and every day, so it is probably fair to say that I used to spend about $3.5 on cigarettes on a daily basis, which means around $100 a month. Double that for the time when both my girlfriend and I used to smoke. So, this is about $200 a month spent on cigarettes.


$200 a Month Is Not That Bad, I Hear You Say?

Here we come to the actual numbers. You probably think that $200 a month is not a lot of money, and I would probably agree with you if I could earn, let’s say, $400 or $500 a month. Double that for two of us, and we would earn around $1000 a month – and this would be enough for us to live comfortably here in our part of the world. However, this is near to impossible to do. Namely, here where we live, it is difficult enough to find any job, let alone a job that will pay $500 a month. I used to attend college and work the graveyard shift six or seven days a week, and I would make no more than $250 a month – which was our rent at the time. So, you are probably looking at that $200 a month from a different perspective, right?


So, We Quit Smoking… We Should Have More Money Now, Right?

Yes, we technically have that $200 a month we would otherwise spend on cigarettes. But, do we really have that money? No, we do not. Here is the point I am trying to make – we didn’t have the money even when we used to spend it on cigarettes. We used to spend this money on cigarettes, and we needed a lot of other stuff at the time, such as better food, clothes, and similar things. So, when we are talking about $200 a month, we are actually talking about some money that was there, and should have been spent on something else – we are not talking about money that could have been put aside for a rainy day.


No Money Means No Smoking!

So, the best thing that can help you stop smoking is not having enough money to buy the cigarettes. Yes, I had experienced those episodes in which I decided to buy a pack of cigarettes instead of buying something to eat, but that only goes to prove that nicotine is a real addiction. So, when it comes to quitting smoking, the best thing to do is to run out of money – that will definitely make you stop smoking. Naturally, this is only my opinion and you probably have a different take on things. If you want to add anything, please do not hesitate to use the comment section of the hub to share your opinion.


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    • Twilight Lawns profile image

      Twilight Lawns 

      9 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      Nemanja, I have been in hospital for over three days and came home to find, 'The Garden of Eden', a hard covered copy in very good condition.

      I shall start to read it as soon as I have finished my present John Steinbeck.

      Thank you for the recommendation, my friend,


    • nemanjaboskov profile imageAUTHOR

      Nemanja Boškov 

      9 years ago from Serbia

      WE, I am honored to have you in my comments section!

      I am glad you liked this hub, and thank you very much for your kind words.

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      Website Examiner 

      9 years ago

      Very original and well considered. You argue well, and the graphics are outstanding.

    • nemanjaboskov profile imageAUTHOR

      Nemanja Boškov 

      9 years ago from Serbia

      Christopher, I wish you all the luck in your attempt. I've been reading a lot of success stories relating to electronic cigarettes, so there is a good chance that they will help you kick the habit. As far as the story of 'putting tobacco first' goes, it is a real curse, right?

      Thanks for the comment, my friend.

    • christopheranton profile image

      Christopher Antony Meade 

      9 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

      As a life long smoker, I have to agree with you that it is an addiction, and there have been plenty of times in my life when I have had very little money. I always gave priority to buying tobacco however, even if everything else had to be foregone. I hope to make another attempt at giving up soon, with electronic ciggies. Cold turkey is not for me, although I am pleased that it worked for you.

    • nemanjaboskov profile imageAUTHOR

      Nemanja Boškov 

      9 years ago from Serbia

      Ian, thank you very much for being the first to comment here :)

      I know exactly what you are saying about being able to quit whenever you want - I also quit a few times before this. And yes, I also sometimes have that voice in the back of my mind that urges me to have a smoke. However, I think that this will be the last time I quit, as I am feeling much better since I am smoke-free :)

      As far as the financial aspect is concerned, cigarettes are slowly but steadily becoming a luxury. £6.00 for a pack of cigarettes would mean that I would have to spend over £300.00 a month if I were a smoker and living in the UK... That is just too much.

    • Twilight Lawns profile image

      Twilight Lawns 

      9 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      Nemanja, I used to be a smoker, and luckily (or unluckily) I could give up smoking or continue when and how I wanted.

      So I could say, "I'm not going to smoke as from now" and i could do that. And I did, on several occasions.

      But there is a downside to that. When, at the back of one's mind, there is a voice saying, "This is easy. I can give up when I want to." that little voice is likely to say, "Go on, have a cigarette - or twenty, you can give it up when you want".

      So I would go for months, or years from abstaining or staining (my teeth, my clothes, the air around me).

      A couple of years ago, however, I was suddenly dragged into hospital with pneumonia. Possibly the worst pain I have experienced in my life, and I promised myself then and there that I would not smoke ever again... Or maybe perhaps a shisha with friends. But I'm not even sure about that.

      And recently, I discovered that the cigarettes that I was smoking cost about six pounds (£6.00).


      I think I'll not go back.

      A good, worthwhile and sensible hub.



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