Most people quit smoking because of the damage it does to their health. But if you need an extra reason to kick the habit, consider that smoking could be costing you as much as $10,000 a year.
When people consider the cost of smoking, they usually focus on the cost of the cigarettes alone. Someone who smokes a pack of cigarettes a day, for instance, can spend up to $1,965 a year. But this is only the beginning.
Add to that figure the cost of extra over-the-counter and prescription medications for illnesses related to smoking. Add in the cost of more expensive health and life insurance premiums. You'll also spend more on copays because of more frequent doctor visits. And don’t forget increased dental expenses.
High cost to health
Cigarette smoking harms nearly every organ of the body. Smoking-related illnesses cause nearly one of every five deaths each year in the United States.
According to the CDC, in 2006, U.S. consumers spent approximately $90 billion on tobacco products. The CDC, American Lung Association, and American Cancer Society also report:
Because of their increased health problems, smokers go to the doctor more often. They need more extensive medical tests and treatments, have more surgeries, spend more time in the hospital, and take more medications than nonsmokers.
Even with health insurance, smokers spend hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars more in deductibles and out-of-pocket health care costs per year than nonsmokers.
Give it up
Quitting smoking isn’t easy, but it can be done. If you don't quit, over time, the health and financial toll will keep growing. For access to free quit-smoking help, visit the CDC at http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco or go to www.smokefree.gov for information and support. To find a telephone quit line that serves your area, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).
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