Up In Smoke | Kick The Habit and Save

Habits are hard to break whether they be good or bad.  Smoking is a habit that can wreak havoc on an asset such as yourself. Here is a list that was passed out in my anatomy and physiology class many years ago.  If you are serious about quitting, the following is a good list to keep before you as a reminder of the health you are regaining for your body.


After You Stop Smoking

20 Minutes: Your blood pressure, heart rate and the temperature of your hands and feet normalize

8 Hours: The oxygen and carbon dioxide levels in your blood normalize

1 Day: Your likelihood of having a heart attack decreases.

2 Days: Your sense of smell and taste improves. Nerve endings start to regrow.

2 Weeks – 3 Months: Your circulation becomes better and breathing improves; it becomes easier to walk.

1 – 9 months: Coughing, sinus congestion, shortness of breath and fatigue decrease and you have more energy.

1 Year: Happy Birthday!!!  Your excess risk of heart disease is now less than half what it was a year ago.

5 Years: Your risk of cancer of the lung cancer is similar to non-smoker’s. Precancerous cells have been replaced.

15 Years: You are at no more risk of heart disease than if you never smoked


In addition to this you are most definitely saving money on the packs of smokes you are no longer purchasing. I called Quick Trip here in North Richland Hills, Texas today and found that Marlboro Red, Light, and Ultra Light cost $7.13 a pack. Now, if you are a serious smoker, you are going to be smoking at least half a pack to 2 packs a day. 

If you are currently smoking half a pack a day and you quit now, You can save…

$106.95 a month =  $1283.40 a year..!

At a whole pack —>  $213.90 =  $2,566.80 a year..!

Overachievers consuming two packs a day could save $427.80. That’s $5,133.60 a year..!

In addition to this your medical, life, and property insurance could benefit from your smoking habit.

Breaking the habit of smoking is hard. Been there, done that, don’t want to ever go back.  One thing that helped me stop was by removing myself from the environments that contributed to it.  Once you focus on how much you value your health, life, and family and keep that in front of you, it will become much easier to quit. Everyone has reasons to quit. You just have to keep your Valued Assets in mind.

– Sherry Quadri


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