What would you do with some extra cash… book a holiday, pay a debt, save towards a new car?
Boosting your finances isn’t easy, but if you’re a smoker you could make substantial cost savings by quitting or switching to e-cigarettes.
Smokers in Sheffield spend about £78.2m on tobacco products each year, that’s about £2,050 per smoker!
How much could you save from quitting?
The handy table below shows how much you could save based on the average number of cigarettes you smoke a day. Scroll right if you’re viewing on mobile.
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The above is based on buying a 20 pack of cigarettes costing £10. Work out exactly how much you could save here.
It’s not only money you’ll save from not buying cigarettes. You can also save on the cost of:
➤ Redecorating or replacing furniture due to smoke damage
➤ Replacing clothes
➤ Less trips to the dentist due to a reduced risk of gum diseases related to smoking
If you’re ready to start your quit journey, visit our support page to find the right help for you.
You can also save money by switching to e-cigarettes.
Vaping costs on average £417 per year. That’s a massive saving of £3,223 compared to smoking 20 cigarettes a day if you switch.
E-cigarettes are significantly less harmful than cigarettes and can help manage withdrawal symptoms as you move towards quitting for good.
More money in your pocket is not the only benefit you’ll experience
Health – Smoking’s still the biggest killer in Sheffield and increases your risk of developing over 50 serious health conditions. But it’s never too late. Just like the savings, the improvements to your health start as soon as you quit.
After 20 minutes – Pulse rate returns to normal.
After 8 hours – Nicotine and carbon monoxide levels in blood reduce by more than half and oxygen levels return to normal.
After 48 hours – Carbon monoxide will be eliminated from the body. Lungs start to clear out mucus and other smoking debris.
After 72 hours – Breathing becomes easier. Bronchial tubes begin to relax and energy levels increase.
After 2-12 weeks – Your circulation improves.
After 3-9 months – Coughs, wheezing and breathing problems improve as lung function increases by up to 10%.
After 1 year – Risk of heart disease is about half compared with a person who is still smoking.
After 10 years – Risk of lung cancer falls to half that of a smoker.
After 15 years – Risk of heart attack falls to the same as someone who has never smoked.
Information from NHS UK
Wellbeing – Quitting can help your mental health too. It’s a myth that smoking makes you feel more relaxed. It actually makes the problem worse and keeps you addicted. Stopping can help with depression, stress and anxiety. Find out more about smoking and mental health.
Appearance – Smoking causes premature wrinkles, yellowing teeth and even tooth loss. Quitting helps keeps you looking younger for longer.
Sense of smell and taste – Your sense of taste also improves after quitting, so those meals out or takeaways that you’ll be able to treat yourself to after saving money will taste even better.
Family and friends will benefit too
Stopping smoking has benefits for those around you too, and not just because you have extra cash and can treat them more.
It will protect the health of those close to you by not exposing them to secondhand smoke. 80% of smoke is invisible and can linger in a room for up to 3 hours, even on your clothes. Not smoking is the only way to guarantee they aren’t breathing smoke in.
For children, it will lower their chance of suffering from health conditions related to exposure to secondhand smoke. If exposed, they’re more likely to suffer from breathing problems, allergies and chest infections.
You’ll be setting a good example too. Children love copying their parents and that includes smoking. Children whose parents or close relatives smoke are more likely to become smokers themselves in later life.
And thinking of starting a family? Quitting smoking will help improve your fertility, along with your chances of having a healthy pregnancy and baby.
Have you made your annual quit attempt yet?
Now you’ve read about the benefits that stopping smoking can bring to your life we hope this has inspired you to make a quit attempt. It can take a few tries before you quit for good but with the right support your next quit attempt could be your last.
In fact, you’re 3 times more likely to quit successfully when support from an NHS stop smoking service is combined with quit aids like Nicotine Replacement Therapy, Champix or e-cigarettes. There are lots of ways you can quit, and a specialist stop smoking advisor can help you find the right method for you.
Get in touch with Yorkshire Smokefree Sheffield today:
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