Cost of smoking

How much could you save and what could you do if you stopped smoking?

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If you are a smoker, you’ll know smoking is expensive! Imagine how much money you could save if you stopped. We are not talking small amounts here – someone smoking a pack a day spends about $160 a week on cigarettes, which is nearly $8,500 each year.27

Someone who is on an average hourly wage (in New Zealand this was about $29 in 2015), would have to work for 45 minutes just to earn enough to buy a packet of cigarettes. All that effort going up in smoke. Do you really want to spend your time working, just so you can smoke?

With the money saved from stopping smoking you could:

  • go on holiday
  • pay off some debts
  • buy a car
  • rent a bigger house, or pay more off your mortgage
  • treat yourself and your whānau to a nice meal – every week!

What is smoking costing to you?

Cost of smoking calculator

Quitting smoking is like giving yourself a pay rise. Use this calculator tool to see just how much you could be saving in a week, month, year and in a lifetime once you go smokefree.

Heard enough? Want to quit? Why not start your smokefree life?

Downloadable Infographics

When you compare one with the other there’s no mistaking the better choice. A smokefree way of life provides a lot more than good health.

To download the infographic right click on the appropriate link below and click on 'Save Target As' or 'Save Link As':

To download the infographic right click on the appropriate link below and click on 'Save Target As' or 'Save Link As':

Page last updated: 8 Jul 2016