Please note, due to unusually high demand, processing times for Veterinary Prescriptions is currently up to 5 working days. 
Royal Mail are currently experiencing resourcing issues affecting deliveries in some areas. Click Here for more details

Stoptober 2019: An Insight on Smoking Statistics and it's Effects.

Stoptober 2019: An Insight on Smoking Statistics and it's Effects.

Published: 8th October, 2019 in: Health Health Advice Quit Smoking Smoking Harm Reduction

Stoptober is here and the ‘Stop Smoking’ message is everywhere, but why should you stop smoking? Well, not only is smoking detrimental to your health, but it is also more expensive than you might realise. So, how much is the cost of smoking per year, and what effects could stopping have to your health and your bank account? Let’s base our figures on the average cost of cigarettes in the UK, £10.80 for 20.

After 20 minutes of not smoking

Cigarettes Smoked per Day 10 15 20 30 40
Money Saved 8p 11p 15p 23p 30p

20 minutes after stopping smoking you could have saved enough to buy you a Cadbury’s Freddo (if you smoked 40 a day). Not only this, but your heart rate will drop and return to normal, along with your blood pressure, meaning your circulation will begin to improve.

After 8 hours

Cigarettes Smoked per Day 10 15 20 30 40
Money Saved £1.80 £2.70 £3.60 £5.40 £7.20

8 hours after stopping smoking you could have saved enough money* to buy a Cappuccino, an Espresso, and a Fresh Filter Coffee from a popular world-wide coffee shop.

On top of all that coffee, your oxygen levels will be returning to normal, and carbon monoxide levels in your blood will have reduced by half.

*Based on 30 cigarettes a day

After 1 day

Cigarettes Smoked per Day 10 15 20 30 40
Money Saved £5.40 £8.10 £10.80 £16.20 £21.60

One of the many side effects of smoking is the yellowing of your fingernails; well, after a day away from smoking you will have saved enough to clean those nails up and have yourself a manicure. If you smoke 10 cigarettes a day then you will have saved enough to treat yourself to a new bottle of nail varnish. Those who smoke 40 a day will have saved enough to splurge on a whole new set of gelish nails, or perhaps a mani/pedi instead.

After a day of stopping smoking, your health will have improved too. Your risk of heart attack will begin to decrease as your blood pressure begins to drop, decreasing the risk of heart disease from smoking-induced high blood pressure. Also, your oxygen levels will rise, making physical activity and exercise easier for you.

After 2 Days

Cigarettes Smoked per Day 10 15 20 30 40
Money Saved £10.80 £16.20 £21.60 £32.40 £43.20

2 days after your last cigarette your body will have flushed out all carbon monoxide. Your lungs will start to clear out mucus, and your sense of taste and smell will improve. Why not make the most of your renewed senses and spend the money you have saved on a nice meal out? With those who smoked 40 cigarettes a day saving £43.20, you could really treat yourself.

After 3 Days - 1 Year

Cigarettes Smoked per Day 10 15 20 30 40
Money Saved
in 3 days
£16.20 £24.30 £32.40 £48.60 £64.80
Money Saved
in 2-12 weeks

(£151.20 for the month)
£113.40 - £680.40

(226.80 ftm)
£151.20 - £907.20

(£302.40 ftm)
£226.80 - £1,360.80

(£453.60 ftm)
£302.40 - £1,814.40

(£604.80 ftm)
Money Saved
in 3-9 months
£453.60 - £1,360.80 £680.40 - £2,041.20 £907.20 - £2,721.60 £1,360.80 - £4,082.40 £1,814.40 - £5,443.20
Money Saved
in 1 year
£1,965.60 £2,948.40 £3,931.20 £5,896.80 £7,862.40

Within a year your breathing will feel easier and your coughing will have eased. Your circulation and lung function will improve as your lungs heal themselves and the cilia recover; this will also decrease your risk of lung infection. By the one year mark, your risk of heart attack will have halved.

On top of the wonders stopping smoking has done for your health, in one year you will also have saved between £1965 and £7862. This money could get you anything from a new Apple iMac to a 2-week all-inclusive holiday for 4 in a 5-star hotel in St Lucia.  Now that’s an incentive to stop smoking!

After 5 - 20 years

Cigarettes Smoked per Day 10 15 20 30 40
Money Saved in 5 years £9,828 £14,742 £19,656 £29,484 £39,312
Money saved in 10 years £16,656 £29,484 £39,312 £58,968 £78,624
Money Saved in 15 years £29,484 £44,226 £58,968 £88,452 £117,936
Money Saved in 20 years £39,312 £58,968 £78,624 £117,936 £157,248

Within 5 years you will have reduced your risk of blood clots and strokes; you will also have saved over the amount that a 20-year-old working a full-time job on minimum wage would have earned in a year – just from binning the cigarettes (based on smoking 15 cigarettes per day)!

By 10 years without a cigarette, your risk of death from lung cancer will have halved, while your risk of developing throat, mouth, and pancreatic cancer has significantly reduced. You will have also saved enough money* to buy yourself a brand new Model 3 Tesla with a custom paint job and full self-driving capability. *Based on you smoking 30 cigarettes a day.

When you have been 20 years without a cigarette your risk of death from all smoking-related causes is reduced to that of a non-smoker! If that isn’t motivation enough then maybe consider the amount of money you will have saved; for a smoker of 40 cigarettes a day, in 20 years you will have saved enough money to buy outright a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, sea view flat in Scarborough (so no mortgage worries).

Incentive enough to quit smoking? 

Hopefully from all of these smoking facts and figures, you can see the benefits that quitting smoking will not only have on your health but also on your bank account. The cost of smoking to yourself personally as well of the cost of smoking to the NHS is extremely high, but with only 16% of adults in the UK smoking nowadays, it is clear that positive changes can be made. Whether you want to save your health or save for that 2 week dream holiday, there are plenty of reasons to stop smoking today.

Further support to help you in Stoptober

If you are looking for some products to help you quite we have a range of different types of Nicotine Replacement Therapies for you to try. Here are just a few of the sprays, gums, tabs, patches, and inhalators we have on offer.

For more information on the products we have on offer check out this other article we have written, (HERE) which goes into depths about the various products we sell and how they can help you stop smoking for good.