How much does smoking cost?

At the time of writing, the average price for a pack of 20 king size filter cigarettes is £13.41. That’s 67p per cigarette.

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The exact cost will depend on your smoking habits though, such as:

  • What you smoke (cigarettes, rolling tobacco, cigars);
  • How much you smoke per day/week;
  • Your favourite brand;
  • Essential extras (rolling paper, filters and lighters).

Smoking costs have been on the rise for many years now and keep going up. At the start of 2011 the average price of 20 king size filter cigarettes was £6.17 – that’s nearly half what they cost today. Smokers spend more now than they ever have, with no sign of the costs falling at any point in the future. It’s another great incentive to give up right now!

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How much money can you save by quitting smoking?

The good news is that as soon as you decide to stop smoking, you should start seeing the savings roll in. Our quit smoking calculator provides a good idea of what you could save each week, month and year.

Although you may spend money on NRT products to support your quit journey, in the end it should work out a lot cheaper than smoking. And once you’re smoke-free you won’t spend a penny on anything smoking related!

It won’t be long before you notice that extra money in your wallet, bank account or jar above the fridge. Literally seeing these savings stack up can be great motivation to help you stay on track and meet your smoke-free goals.

How will you use the money you’ve saved by quitting smoking?

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You can use the money you save by quitting smoking for whatever you like. However much you used to smoke, you could be saving hundreds of pounds within a few months, and possibly into the thousands after just a year.

You could spend this extra cash on:

  • A family holiday abroad;
  • Upgrading to a newer or bigger car;
  • Making home improvements;
  • Getting a pet;
  • Your passion – whether it’s sport, music, art or something else.

Setting savings targets is a great way to stay motivated and keep on track. You might be amazed by how soon you reach your financial goal after quitting smoking.

Coping with money worries

If you are worried about money and feel your mental health may be suffering, then you are not alone. Financial difficulties can be a common cause of anxiety and stress.

It is not uncommon to turn to smoking as a way of handling stressful situations, as it is a commonly held belief that smoking can help you to relax. However, smoking can add to stress and anxiety. If you are trying to quit, consider other ways to handle stressful situations, or have you thought about trying mindfulness, which might also help you manage the cravings you experience when quitting smoking.

If you are going into debt, consider getting advice on how to prioritize your debts. Organizations such as Citizens Advice can offer information, help and advice. If you are struggling with your mental health, then talk to a health care professional about how you are feeling.

Begin your journey to a smoke-free future with Nicorette

Our range of Nicorette products support you along your quit smoking journey. Each one harnesses the power of Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) to help you stop for good. They help reduce your nicotine cravings over time, by providing you with lower levels of nicotine than is found in cigarettes to help satisfy your nicotine withdrawal symptoms. This can reduce any challenging withdrawal symptoms you experience along the way. Combining patches with one or more fast-acting Nicotine Replacement Therapy product such as Nicorette Quickmist Mouthspray can often be a very effective route to stop smoking success – that’s good news for both your health and your wallet. So get started on your journey to a smoke-free future today by finding the right Nicorette product for you.

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