The average smoker spends almost £92,000 on tobacco during his or her lifetime, a report said yesterday.
The survey of 3,000 people showed that the average smoker spent £1,493 per year on the habit.
Regular smokers get through an average of 15 cigarettes per day, but most admit to increasing their quota at weekends, taking the weekly figure to 116.
If all the smokers in Britain gave up tomorrow, leaving the 72 billion cigarettes they will get through in the next year unsmoked, the country would collectively save £17 billion.
Ian Willmore, a spokesman for Action on Smoking and Health (Ash), said: "This survey shows just how wasteful and addictive smoking is. [Telegraph, Oct 08 2005]
This was a British study so I did some currency conversions. £92,000 using today's currency rates would be about US$162,000 dollars or about P9,000,000. 'Still plenty of money saved if the smokers didn't smoke.
But since we are not buying cigarettes here using British pounds, I did some math with the help of Tito Rols. He said an average cigarette pack costs P25 each. A pack contains 20 cigarettes.
For the sake of discussion, let us assume that an average Filipino smoker consumes 10 cigarettes daily. That's P12.50 daily, P87.50 weekly, P350 monthly, and P4,200 yearly.
If a smoker starts smoking at around 15 years old, he would have spent around P231,000 by the time he reaches his 70th birthday.....that's if --- and that's a BIG IF --- he gets lucky, and does reach 70 years old.
There. I hope I made my point. If you're a smoker and those health warnings don't make any sense to you, perhaps the economic and financial side of smoking will.