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GUEST POST: THE COST OF SMOKING, THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS…THE COST OF HEALTH…PRICELESS!

Today’s post comes from my friend and colleague, Fern Tausig, CH. 

Fern is the owner of My Healing Hypnosis and has come to our blog to share tips on how to save money by quitting smoking, which will in turn, save your life!

Fern Tausig, CH
Fern Tausig, CH

Here is what Fern has to say:

“I am always amazed at the number of people that still choose to smoke. I say ‘choose’ to smoke even though those who have come to me for hypnosis to quit smoking feel that they don’t have a choice. Many feel that they are addicted to nicotine. The fact that they feel that way is not a surprise since the hype and all the media wants you to believe it is addictive so they can keep you smoking, sell you drugs: the pill, patch, gum, to break the addiction. As a former health teacher, all the books said that nicotine was more addicting than heroine. Well, it is a lie. It is a lie that was designed to make kids afraid to start but instead, it made people afraid to stop!

There is a psychological addiction that is very powerful but nicotine is slightly less physicall or texty addictive than caffeine. That’s why hypnosis is the easiest and most effective way to end a smoking habit. Coffee drinkers that don’t have coffee by midday get a headache. Smokers that are too busy to think about smoking get nothing…until they think, ‘I haven’t had a cigarette’ and then the cravings begin. People aren’t really smokers, the cigarette smokes, while they SUCK. That’s right, they suck on the cigarettes, making them technicall or texty a sucker. A sucker for the tobacco industry, the cancer industry and the medical community that wants to sell them more stuff. Now, it is even electronic cigarettes!

If you smoke 1 pack a day, and you pay $8.25 for each pack, if you quit smoking today you will save:

  • $3011.25 – in the next year. Cigarettes not smoked= 7300
  • $9033.75 – over the next three years. Cigarettes not smoked= 21900
  • $15056.25 – during the next five years. Cigarettes not smoked= 36500That does not include the cost of cough medicine, inhalers, cold medicine and all the other stuff you use, unsuccessfully, to try to feel better. Colds and coughs last for months instead of days. Studies show that each employee who smokes costs a business over $5800 each year including lost productivity and sick time that is far beyond the amount of time taken by nonsmokers. Smokers get sick more often and stay sick longer. Sometimes they come to work sick and cannot work productively because they are not well. There are also other costs that can’t be easily calculated, like the costs of future medical bills when you get ill from smoking, the income you might lose if you are sick or hospitalized for a long period of time because of illness due to smoking, and – the hardest to measure – the value of the quality of life you and others close to you lose when you become seriously ill or die.
  •  If you are an employer, for each employee that smokes you lose at least an hour of productivity each day when they take cigarette breaks. The employee considers it a 5-minute break but it often takes more than that to get to the smoking place and then it becomes a social time. The actual time can be over 20 minutes for each break. Of course, you need to double that if you smoke more than 1 pack.

That does not include the cost of cough medicine, inhalers, cold medicine and all the other stuff you use, unsuccessfully, to try to feel better. Colds and coughs last for months instead of days.

If you are an employer, for each employee that smokes you lose at least an hour of productivity each day when they take cigarette breaks. The employee considers it a 5-minute break but it often takes more than that to get to the smoking place and then it becomes a social time. The actual time can be over 20 minutes for each break.

Studies show that each employee who smokes costs a business over $5800 each year including lost productivity and sick time that is far beyond the amount of time taken by nonsmokers. Smokers get sick more often and stay sick longer. Sometimes they come to work sick and cannot work productively because they are not well.

There are also other costs that can’t be easily calculated, like the costs of future medical bills when you get ill from smoking, the income you might lose if you are sick or hospitalized for a long period of time because of illness due to smoking, and – the hardest to measure – the value of the quality of life you and others close to you lose when you become seriously ill or die.”

Fern Tausig can be contacted at My Healing Hypnosis by clicking here or call or texting (203)283-4567.