It Can Be Cheaper to Just Keep Smoking

Repeat after me….”It’s cheaper to smoke than to stop smoking”…..

What am I saying? That sounds ridiculous….

A pack a day is over $200 a month, on a habit you don’t even want (probably).

Cheaper to smoke than to stop smoking???

You’re thinking I must have that backwards,

No, I’m not suggesting that you keep smoking cigarettes.

We are in the Stop Smoking business, so please understand that I’m suggesting that you DO stop smoking AND live an extra 28 days a year, on average, as a “former” pack a day smoker.

Here’s the math: each cigarette “shaves” 8-12 minutes off your life span, on average. That’s about 28 days a year tossed away. 

One month per pack…. I smoked two packs a day.

So, “living” is more expensive than “not living”, which is free.

One more time… cheaper to smoke than to stop smoking??

I bet you never thought of it that way.

“It’s actually cheaper to smoke, than it is to stop smoking….. because you could be living an average of 1 month per year longer as a non-smoker. The cost of living is well over $2000 per month”, or in my case I seem to spend 3 times that somehow; probably on going out to eat too much (but that’s another story for another day)


Mark Barrus

Mark Barrus is the Director of Healthy Life Centers. I have been in the Hypnosis industry for over 20 years, and have written many articles about the efficacy and effectiveness of Hypnotherapy to overcome unwanted habits and actions. Twenty years of Case Study research and examination have helped me to inform the industry on the results and be a leader in the field. I originally worked with Dr. Richard Neves, the former head of the American Board of Hypnotherapy. training other Hypnotherapists in Advanced Smoking Cessation protocols. In February 2005, we also started the hypnosis organization Healthy Life Centers, which helps smokers find other reputable and properly trained hypnotherapists and hypnotists.

8 comments on “It Can Be Cheaper to Just Keep Smoking
  1. Great info! Thanks for sharing this wisdom.

  2. Dying might be free as an activity, but the opening act to dying is very expensive–the last few months for cancer patients is very costly and painful.

  3. So true, Life is much more expensive, but well worth the price 🙂

  4. Chris Guldimann so true. Dying is painful from smoking, and can be a financial drain….

  5. Wesley Anderson it can be, I agree. Usually when a family has a member that is obviously suffering from complications from smoking, it can have the same effect on them, or worse. Slow suicide is worse because it appears so preventable, "if we can just get him to quit smoking…."

  6. Healthy Life Centers – Furthermore, it's not about stopping smoking, or depreviation ; it's about the benefit of a desired outcome of feeling better, and living longer.

  7. As a hypnotherapist who specializes in Smoking Cessation, AND a former caregiver of a spouse who died of lung cancer (a pack a day +),
    I say it is healthier, cheaper, and more considerate to those who love you to kick this ugly habit!