I am guessing that many of you have already seen my previous post on ‘Stoptober’ and all the encouragment about quitting smoking throughout the month of October (and hopefully beyond). As you all know from the post, I have never been a smoker, and I am strongly behind the campaigns and brands pushing for the nation to try and stop just purely because I am quite health and beauty conscious, and think that everyone should benefit from really trying to improve their bodies.
This is just a little post today to follow up from my previous support by throwing another angle at you – think about all the money you could save! I feel like if people really thought about it – like, realistically- then it’s such a huge spur of motivation in itself. My Voucher Codes surveyed 1000 people, and for many of these, the driving factor for giving up was to save money – did you know an average smoker could buy 5 XBox Ones or a Prada bag with the money they save if they give up?
The results have even been picked up by TNT magazine here, so take a look at some of the statistics.
Here are some of the results when VoucherCodes asked: “What is the driving factor now for giving up smoking?” and some other facts…
- Over half of the respondents (52%) feel that improving health is a driving factor for giving up smoking
- Thirty-two percent of respondents think that the high price of cigarettes which is pushed even higher up in the UK because of taxes is one of the main issues for people choosing to stop smoking
- Whilst 19% of those asked thought that a factor would be the negative effects smoking has on your family
- The smoking ban in the UK also has an effect with 12% of respondents stating that social implications of smoking is a reason in quitting
- How smoking effects your looks over time also resonated with respondents, 9% thought this could influence people to give up the habit
- The average smoker will smoke 13 cigarettes a day which equates to 4,745 each year
- Mayfair King Size cigarettes (one of the popular brands in the UK) cost £7.25 for a 19 pack, totalling an average spend of £1,810.40 a year
- The average UK wage is £26,500 (Net Pay after tax £20,974.72). A 13 cigarette a day habit equates to 8.63% of total income
And here is my favorite bit – look what you could buy if you quit!
• 202 trips to the cinema (average Vue peak time price £8.95)
• 2 Season tickets at Old Trafford (West stand upper £703 each)
• 5x Xbox Ones (£349 each)
• Prada Shoulder bag (£1,650)
• 3 pairs of Jimmy Choo shoes (Mendez suede ankle boots £550 each)
As a non-smoker, I might even try putting away the money I would spend if I was a smoker and treat myself in the new year to some designer shoes! Much more worthwhile.
So as well as the health and beauty benefits, the money side of the situation is also quite a biggy. I’m in no position to ever tell any one what to do, and I am just posting these blog posts to support all the brands and campaigns who are putting a lot of effort in to encourage and motivate people to quit for Stoptober. It’s a personal choice, but if you have been thinking of quitting, I hope these findings have gave you some positive motivation.
Do share your tips and advice too…