You go into the convenience store and throw down your bills or slide your card for a pack of cigarettes or a can a dip, but have you ever taken the time to add up what tobacco is really costing you? There is no better time than Tobacco Free Florida Week as they want to raise awareness about the true cost of smoking. Your habit affects more than just you.
If you buy a pack of cigarettes a day at $6.00/pack, you have spent $42/week or $2,184/year. And in 10 years you have spent $21,840. That is a lot of money for a product that makes you sicker each time you use it. It also affects your family because it is money that isn’t going towards necessities like housing, food, clothing, transportation or medical needs. What can you expect to see when you give tobacco up?
First, you have more money in your pocket. Your health starts to improve almost immediately. You will be spending more time with your family and less time on tobacco breaks. You will miss less work which will save your employer money. And if you have paid health insurance through an employer, you may see lower insurance rates.
In fact, between 2007 and 2015 when adult smoking rates decreased in our state, the “cumulative smoking-related health care costs” decreased 16 percent and saved Florida approximately $17.7 billion, $3.2 million just in 2015 alone. If the smoking rate keeps going down, Florida could see a savings of $8.2 billion between “2016 and 2020 in cumulative smoking-related personal health care.” That’s money businesses can use for other things, like expansion and raises.
For the past nine years, Tobacco Free Florida has been there to help residents take back their life from tobacco. Since the program began “159,000 Floridians have successfully quit using one of Tobacco Free Florida’s free tools and services.” Because of their efforts, the current adult smoking rate is at a record low of 15.8%.
So what exactly is the cost of your smoking? Click Cost of Smoking to find out.
If you have thought about quitting, contact Tobacco Free Florida’s Quit Your Way services at http://www.tobaccofreeflorida.com or follow the campaign on Facebook at
http://www.facebook.com/TobaccoFreeFlorida or on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/tobaccofreefla.