Given the choice, would you rather watch this year’s Super Bowl live as a VIP… or at home with a couple packs of cigarettes?
It’s a fair question, because anytime you buy cigarettes, you are turning down every other item that you could have bought with that money.
To put into perspective just how expensive smoking can be, consider this:
In New York, where high taxes affect the cost of a pack of cigarettes, low-income smokers spend as much as 25% of their money to support their habit. That is one out of every four dollars, literally up in smoke. Smoking just two packs-a-day comes out to approximately $7,400 a year.
Can you think of a better use for $7,400? In case you need some help, here are a few suggestions. Just by quitting smoking, and without earning a penny more, you could:
• Lease a 5-series BMW and have enough left over for gas
• Go on a sailing vacation in the Galapagos with your spouse… every year.
• Start a college fund for your 4-year old child – and have enough to completely cover their tuition at a private university by the time they turn 18
• Purchase VIP seats for you and a friend at every Super Bowl
Those are just a few of the luxuries that smokers could enjoy simply by quitting the habit. Plus, the tremendous health benefits of kicking the habit means a longer life to enjoy those luxuries.
Of course, quitting smoking is not easy no matter what the incentive. But it also isn’t something that you have to do alone. Southern Ohio Medical Center offers smoking cessation classes that are completely free of charge. To find out how you can sign up, contact SOMC Community Health and Wellness at 740-356-2552.