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31 May is International Smoking-free day – a Time to Reflect on the True Cost of your Smoking Habits

 

31 May is the International Smoking-free day.

 

But why should you care? Well, maybe it is time to take a step back, and look at your situation objectively…

 

You see, smokers are used to paying money to sustain their habit. They accept it as a fact of life. However, the true “cost” of smoking goes way beyond the purchase price of cigarettes. Consider the following, and decide for yourself:

 

Monetary cost:

There are a number of secondary costs incurred by smokers – which they often overlook. Things like more expensive life insurance, more expensive medical cover, more expensive car insurance (smokers have more accidents – statistically proven), and additional cost on dental care.

 

In addition to that, you also have the little problem of the tobacco scent penetrating into your car, your clothes, your furniture, and your house. That means additional cleaning costs – unless of course you don’t care.

 

Lastly, there is the uncomfortable reality that smokers (statistically) earn just a little less than non-smokers with the same capabilities – so besides their monthly income being slightly less, their pension payout will eventually also be less…

 

And that is most unfortunate, because as smokers grow older, they tend to require more medical care, and your medical aid might not cover all of it…

 

Quality of life cost:

Yes, smoking does affect your health – more so as you grow older – but it is probably affecting your quality of life already. Just think of all the times you had to stop doing something your enjoyed because your body demanded a smoke… (maybe playing with the kids, having a long deep talk with someone special, etc. Once you take a break and come back, the moment is gone)

 

Think of all the time you had to walk away empty handed (maybe from a business connection, or maybe from a possible relationship) because the person you were trying to connect with found your smoking habit objectionable and/or unacceptable.

 

And of course there is the little matter of how smoking affects your quality of life in the last few years of your life (not to mention the fact that they will probably arrive sooner than for the average non-smoker).

 

The cost that can never be paid for:

There are mountains of evidence about the effects of secondary smoke. How do you attach a monetary value to the health of your wife/husband and/or children? We won’t even talk about the effects on unborn children – whether due to the mother smoking, or due to the mother inhaling secondary smoke.

 

How do you make up for it if your smoking kills someone you care about? The sad part is… It might not even happen in your lifetime. The damage you do today may only show in a number of years from now. So…

 

Take a step back, and think very carefully. Consider the TOTAL cost – and decide if you consider it a worthwhile price to pay.

 

Your choice.