Stop smoking: This is how much money smokers could save

Smoke is deadly.

Stop smoking: This is how much money smokers could save

Smoke is deadly. And expensive. On average, a cigarette costs about 32 cents. That sounds like little money - but over the years, smokers shell out a fortune for their addiction. Arguments why it's worth quitting now.

Today is World No Tobacco Day. Anyone who used to smoke a pack of around 20 cigarettes a day and now stops doing so can save 2,330 euros within a year. This is shown by a calculation with the results calculator, which the Federal Government's Addiction and Drugs Commissioner makes available online. Read here what else you could do with all that money.

On average, one of the 7,282 cigarettes costs 32 cents. So smoking burns a lot of money - an argument to give up cigarettes. And that's not even counting the fact that smoking is detrimental to your own health.

Because the smoke from a cigarette contains many harmful substances that the body quickly absorbs through the lungs. According to the German Cancer Research Center, smoking damages almost every organ. This makes smoking one of the most important avoidable risk factors for cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and respiratory diseases. Quitting smoking also reduces the risk of these diseases.

Fitness also improves. Your body regenerates after you stop smoking. According to the Federal Center for Health Education (BZGA), lung function improves after about two weeks to three months. The circulation also stabilizes after a few weeks.

Now it's such a thing with addiction and habits: Quitting is difficult for many people. According to the German Cancer Aid, about every fourth adult in Germany smokes. But there are free and independent offers of help that help smokers quit - another argument in favor of stopping smoking.

Information on this can be found on the BZGA’s rauchfrei-info.de portal. In addition, the health insurance companies promote some offers for smoking cessation.

For example, a brief consultation in medical and psychosocial health care can help when quitting, according to the German Cancer Aid. However, individual and group behavioral therapy interventions or drug therapies can also be helpful.

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