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Some significant numbers

Posted in Staying quit 01 Jan 2021

366 days

8,784 dollars

I "only" smoked about 12 day. So a pack a day smoker could have saved nearly $20K - and that's after tax - you would need to earn maybe $25K to have that to spend.

Considering 10% of Aussies earn minimum wage of just under $40K, and only another 30% earn between that and the median wage of $90K, that's a massive chunk of the take home pay going up in smoke.

That's enough to keep me quit - I might as well just set fire to my wallet.

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  • matik_one January 01, 2021 | 23:47
    Hi Lando, I went through your stories and big congrat to your achievement.. one year is in my point of view aim of every smoker.. Now you can say you did it.. Hope will hear from you more in next years.. all ghe best in the new year..
  • Happiness January 01, 2021 | 23:53
    It is an absorbent amount of money "Gone up in smoke"! For some it does or will amount to a quarter of their pay, a mortgage even. ........
    Young people who haven't started will own their homes and have equity, security and health.
    Those that smoke are slave to the cigarette and find it much harder to build a future, How many had times where they chose lesser quality food, wondered how they would find the money to repair the car.....but they always have money for cigarettes? That's addiction , but we would argue to save face and claim that we loved to smoke. Others knew they were "hooked" and felt hopeless after failing to end the cycle. How many Never tried to quit? I am sure most "tried" in the early days. That is why people say it is hard to quit. Statistics are slanted. The question is did you do all you could to quit?

    Today with computers, we have knowledge at our fingertips. Forums like this for support. We are proof that we can break the cycle and find our freedom from smoking, drugs, alchohol and bad eating habits.

    Knowledge is power! Think positive.....YOU can quit smoking!
  • Happiness January 01, 2021 | 23:59
    A great achievement Lando, I am always encouraging others to follow our lead. We hope we are good examples for our children especially. I am so proud and happy that my daughter quit, as did my hubby.
    Keep thinking positive thoughts and avoid the pitfalls of smoking.
  • softly40 , Mid North Coast January 02, 2021 | 7:40
    Happy New Year and a great post Lando, yes I have money over now, and this year could afford to have others over for lunch on boxing day, and have been having lunch out once a week now that I am retired.

    At first the money was the motivation, then my health began to waver at retirement age so this became my motivator. Along the way, we can look at this forum and find out more about the drug and ourselves, reading and getting support is the best way to go. NOPE (not one puff ever) I hope you are Covid safe in your area, at he moment we are lucky in Regional NSW Congratulations

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