This interactive tool calculates how much money you have spent on
cigarettes in the past or how much you will spend on them in the future.
computing future costs, this calculator does not take into account a rise in the cost of cigarettes. The actual amount you spend
will be higher.
Although you may be surprised at how much you
spend on cigarettes over a period of time, smoking costs even more when you
consider the cost from illnesses caused by smoking, including treatment costs and days of missed work or school. The more cigarettes you smoke and the
longer you smoke, the more costs will add up from smoking-related medical
problems such as lung cancer, heart disease, or emphysema.
most importantly, this tool can't calculate the costs that aren't measured in
dollars. Smoking will eventually take a toll on
how much you can enjoy life. And it will likely have an impact on the people you care
Healthwise (2012). Cost of smoking calculation formula: (Average number of
cigarettes smoked per day/Number of cigarettes in a pack) X (Cost for pack) X 365 X (Total
number of years the person has smoked or intends to smoke).
Quitting smoking can be difficult,
especially if you have been smoking for a long time. It may take several tries
before you succeed. But even if you have a strong dependence on nicotine, it is still
possible to quit. And even if you have smoked for many years, quitting smoking
now can still increase your life span and improve the quality of your
The best way to stop smoking is to get help and to
follow a plan. You can increase
your chances of quitting if you:
- Take medicines such as bupropion (Zyban) or varenicline (Chantix).
- Use nicotine replacement therapy
(gum, lozenges, patches, or inhalers).
- Get counseling (by phone, group, or one-on-one).
Both taking medicine and getting counseling works even better for quitting smoking.