It Can Be Cheaper to Just Keep Smoking

It Can Be Cheaper to Just Keep Smoking

Mark Barrus
So what I’m going to say here is going to sound backward

The real benefit of becoming a former smoker and leaving cigarettes behind you is the fact that you’re likely to live longer as a result. We must figure in the cost of living when we think about the opportunity of living longer as a result of stopping smoking.
The main issue is that people think about how expensive cigarettes are instead of thinking about the fact that they’re probably not going to live as long if they continue to smoke.
People tend not to think about their mortality out of fear of it. They become more concerned about the present and the cost of living in the present.

When I tell somebody that it’s cheaper to continue to smoke, they’re very confused by that because they’re not thinking about their mortality being altered because of their smoking habit. People tend to live day to day, instead of thinking about the long-term
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??

Ginger and Poprart

Life goes by fast enough. Enjoy your precious time together.

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)



Remember a dog’s life goes by 7 times faster than an average human life. So slow down and enjoy it

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 Healthy Life Centers, in Orange County, CA

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. Mark Barrus says:

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

  5. Mark Barrus says:

    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. Mark Barrus says:

    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!