Healthy Monday: The Cost of Smoking

Every time you stop and pick up a pack of cigarettes or chewing tobacco, do you really know how much you’re spending? Whether you stop daily or once a week, take a minute to think about how much you spend on a tobacco. Not only does tobacco take a toll on your wallet, but it also can affect your body more than you think.

What’s the cost of smoking to your wallet and your body?

  • Someone who smokes a pack a day will spend up to $1,733.75 a year!
  • Someone who goes through a tin of chewing tobacco day will spend up to $1095.00 a year!
  • Don’t consider yourself a smoker? Maybe you’re just a social smoker. If you smoke a pack a week you could spend up to $246.00 a year!

Smoking is not only burning a hole in your wallet, but it is also affecting your health more than you think. If you quit smoking right now:

  • In 20 minutes body temperature of hands and feet return to normal, blood pressure and pulse rates drop to normal.
  • In 8 hours carbon monoxide level in blood drops to normal, while oxygen level in blood increase to normal.
  • In 24 hours chance of heart attack decreases.
  • In 48 hours nerve endings start re-growing and the ability to smell and taste is enhanced.
  • In 2 -3 weeks circulation improves, walking becomes easier, and lung function increases by up to 30 percent.
  • In 1-9 months coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue, and shortness of breath decrease; while the body’s over all energy increases. Cilia regrow in the lungs, increasing their ability to handle mucus, clean the lungs and reduce infection.
  • In 1 year excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker.
  • In 5 years lung cancer death rate for average former smoker (one pack a day) decreases by almost half, stroke risk is reduced to that of a non smoker, risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus is half that of a smokers.
  • In 10 years lung cancer death rate is similar to that of a non-smoker, precancerous cells are replaced, and risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney, cervix, and pancreas decrease.
  • In 15 years risk of coronary heart disease is that of a non-smoker.

Looking to quit? Stop by Wellness Education on the Second Floor of Wayne Hall to pick up a quit kit and visit the Office of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs website.

Written by Julia Kane, Peer Educator

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