Ex-smok­ers sav­ing large sums

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

For­mer smok­ers who stubbed out their habit have man­aged to save $400,000.

More than 100 peo­ple took part in Quit­line’s Quit Stats Count-up on Fe­bru­ary 1 to dis­cover how much money they had saved since quit­ting.

They posted de­tails of how many days they had been smoke­free and the num­ber of cig­a­rettes or amount of loose tobacco they had not smoked.

Col­lec­tively the par­tic­i­pants saved $410,199 as a re­sult of not smok­ing 609,135 cig­a­rettes and 75,204 grams of tobacco.

The cost of tobacco is one of the main rea­sons why peo­ple de­cide to quit, Quit­line chief ex­ec­u­tive Paula Snow­den says.

‘‘Smok­ing is ex­pen­sive and the sav­ings quickly add up to the cost of a gro­cery shop, a new tele­vi­sion or even a fam­ily hol­i­day.’’

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