When Raj told me he had decided to quit smoking as he was sick of waking up with hangovers made even worse because of smoking and worried about just how much he is spending on cigarettes each month, I asked if he would be interested in vlogging his progress as part of our Healthy Body Healthy Mind campaign to encourage others to do the same! After a little trepidation, he agreed to track the ups and downs of his first month… well done, Raj, and bring on #strathstoptober! You can see his videos here!
Raj spends £17.31 a week on tobacco and menthol filters. That’s £69.24 a month and a massive £830.88 a year! Definitely enough for that backpacking trip round Spain AND the visit to Prague that he’s been after.
The main things you can look forward to when quitting cigarettes:
You will save money; the average smoker has 13 cigarettes a day, which works out as 390 cigarettes a month. That's £141 a month and £1,696 a year that you could be saving by not smoking. Use the NHS’ cost calculator to work out how much you could save;
Your sense of taste will improve and you will enjoy the taste of food more;
Your breathing and general fitness will improve;
The appearance of your skin and teeth will improve;
Did you know that you're four times more likely to succeed with the help of NRT (Nicotine Replacement Therapy) and local services like a Smoking Cessation Group Session?
You can find your local advice service by searching the Smokeline website to find your local advice service or visit your GP.
Smokeline – Lots of information on types of Nicotine Replacement Therapy, the benefits of going smoke free, and where to find local support
You can find more information and advice on the Strathclyde Student Health page.