If you are like most smokers, you realize the negative effects on your health and might even calculate the monthly or yearly cost of each pack of cigarettes you buy.
However, if you aren’t statistically minded, you probably aren’t calculating the TRUE cost of a pack of cigarettes. And, according to a new study from the Polytechnic Institute of Cartagena in Spain, the cost is dramatically higher than you may expect…
When you account for the VSL (which we will get to later) the true cost of one single pack of cigarettes is…
$150 For Men And $105 For Women – WOW!
If you had to whip out over $100 for a pack, would you still be smoking?
But thinking statistically can be difficult – I know it is not easy for me.
However, now that you know the true cost of a pack, try keeping it in the front of your mind whenever you are thinking of buying a pack. And whenever a friend or a loved one is about to buy a pack – reminding them of the true economic costs might just help them end this habit.
How In The World Did They Get This Number?
A metric called the Value of a Statistical Life (VSL) was devised to analyze the problem from a cost-benefit standpoint. Without getting too complicated, what is being figured here is the cost of premature death.
Smoking cuts an average of 7.13 years off the life expectancy of a man and 4.5 years for a woman.
According to the study’s author, “one must not confuse the cost of premature death with the cost of healthcare. The cost of premature death is borne by the smokers themselves.” So this figure is actually a bit modest.
Obviously since we sell a hypnosis program for smoking cessation, I am a little biased. But the research does strongly support that hypnosis is a highly effective tool to help you quit.
However, people quit without hypnosis all of the time. Nicotine itself, for example, does not cause cancer, and the use of gums and patches is definitely a better option than lighting up.
I have found a free resource online that I think is excellent. It is called, “Why Quit,” http://whyquit.com/, and it completely unbiased. If you are struggling, it will be worth your while.
And since we are talking about the personal monetary costs of smoking, I simply have to give you a special offer for Dr. Randy Gilchrist’s hypnosis smoking cessation program, The Non-Smoker’s Edge. We have a special on the program for $99, but since the tone of this article is all about dollars – you can use this coupon code until Monday November 11th and get $50 off our already discounted price of $99.
So you can get this program for only $49, which is actually half the true cost of just one pack of cigarettes!
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Source: Nicolas, Angel Lopez, and M Belén Cobacho Tornel, José María Ramos Parreño. “El Coste de la Mortalidad Asociado al Consumo de Tabaco en España”, Revista Española de Salud Pública 84(3): 271-280, 2010.