Smoking Series: The Finances
13th March 2018 - 2 min read
When deciding whether to go to a therapist in any capacity, finances usually factor quite high in the decision making. We’re in a space in time where cash is tight for a lot of people and making decisions on where to spend have had to become more strict.
My question to most would be: What is it worth to you?
For a lot of people, a fear, anxiety or phobia is entirely personal with regards to knowing how it’s affecting their lives. It’s up to them to decide whether ridding themselves of the problem would benefit them long-term. There is, however, one problem I can say with certainty will financially work out for the better.
That problem is smoking.
Smoking addictions can generally be fixed in just one session. Of course, everyone is different and reasons for smoking can vary, but on average, one session is all it takes.
Now lets look at the costs and figures connected to a smoking habit:
As of the 2017 budget the average cost of a packet of 20 cigarettes in the UK is £9.91 *
If you smoke 10 cigarettes per day:
Your weekly cost is £34.72
Your monthly cost is £150.87
Your yearly cost is £1810.40
If you smoke 20 cigarettes per day:
Your weekly cost is £67.37
Your monthly cost is £301.43
Your yearly cost is £3617.15
I charge £95 for one smoking cessation session. That is a one off £95 payment that could save you £3522.15 for the rest of the year. It seems a no brainer really.
Our brains are easily tricked by financial context. If we’re buying ‘boring’ home essentials such as cleaning products, we might question spending £7 yet we have absolutely no qualms about spending £7 on a glass of wine at the bar post work. We value money differently in different situations.
It’s easy to forget when buying cigarettes that £9.91 per day soon adds up, but once the numbers are on paper it’s hard to ignore that £3617.15 a year is a significant amount of money. The sort of money that could otherwise be spent on a holiday or car or a deposit towards a house.
Next time you think you might want to quit smoking, ask yourself what it’s worth to you, not just for your health, but financially. It might be worth more than you initially thought.
* Average cigarette cost data from : https://www.statista.com/statistics/414973/cigarette-prices-in-the-united-kingdom/