What is the cost Smoking?

The cost of smoking to the UK Government is approximately £12.6 billion a year, made up of £1.4 billion spent on social care for smoking related care needs, £2.5 billion spent on NHS services and £8.6 billion of lost productivity in businesses*.  But what is smoking costing you personally?

The cost of smoking on your health

Half of all life-long smokers die early, losing on average 10 years of their life. Smoking related deaths made up 16% of all deaths across the UK in 2016 and smoking is the largest cause of preventable death in England.  Smoking has an effect on most organs, here is how: 

  • Brain: Smoking increases the risk of having a stroke by at least 50%
  • Heart: Smoking can double the risk of having a heart attack
  • Bones: Smoking can cause bones to become week and brittle which increases the risk of osteoporosis in women
  • Lungs: Smoking causes 84% of deaths from lung cancer and 83% of deaths from COPD
  • Circulation: Smoking increases blood pressure and heart rate
  • Fertility: Smoking can cause a lack of sexual appetite and impotency in men, and can make it harder for females to conceive
  • Mouth and throat: Smoking can increase the risk of cancer in lips, tongue, throat, voice box and gullet
  • Stomach:  Smoking increases the chance of getting stomach cancer or ulcers
  • Skin: Smoking prematurely ages skin by between 10 and 20 years

The cost of smoking on your bank account

On average, smokers smoke 20 cigarettes a day; with a packet of cigarettes costing £13.30 that’s a spend of £93.10 per week, or £4,841.20 per year. For that you could buy:

  • A family holiday abroad, including hotel, flights and entertainment and spending money
  • The average food shop in 2020 for a family of 4 was £99.00 per week, that’s just over 48 weeks of shopping.

Over 20 years, if cigarettes remain at the current price you would spend £98,824!

Isn’t it time for you to quit?

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