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  • Writer's pictureRobert Christopher

#LifeHack 22. Quit Smoking to Save Time and Money.

Kicking the smoking habit can offer substantial benefits, both in terms of time and financial savings, not to mention the health benefits. #TossThemOut


1. Consult a Healthcare Provider: Speak with a healthcare provider for personalized guidance on quitting.

2. Choose a Method: Decide on a quitting strategy, such as using nicotine replacement therapies, medications, or going cold turkey.

3. Set a Quit Date: Mark your calendar and make the commitment.

4. Seek Support: Enlist the help of family and friends, or consider joining a support group.

5. Track Progress: Keep track of the number of days you’ve been smoke-free and celebrate small victories.

Time and Money Savings: On average, it takes about 6 minutes to smoke a cigarette. If you smoke a pack a day, that’s 2 hours daily or roughly 60 hours a month that you could save by quitting.

From a financial standpoint, the average cost of a pack of cigarettes is around $7 in the United States (varies by state). If you smoke a pack a day, that’s $210 a month or $2,520 a year. That doesn’t even include additional costs like lighters, or increased medical expenses due to smoking-related health issues.

Quitting smoking can save you about 60 hours a month and around $210 in immediate out-of-pocket costs, along with significant long-term health-related financial benefits.

Note: Some employers have policies to not hire smokers and it is within their legal right to do so. Here are three that deny employment if you are a smoker or use any tobacco products.

  1. Alaska Airlines

  2. CVS Pharmacy

  3. U-Haul


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