Smoking generally has negative effects on your physical and mental health. It is one of the leading causes of preventable death globally. The act of smoking does not only affect your health but it affects your finances as well. Imagine the amount of money spent on cigarettes every week when you do the calculations. Chances are it costs as much as our food allowance! This post is not to talk about the obvious health dangers of smoking, but about what it can do to empty your bank account every month. These are the stories of three people who share how quitting smoking helped them save more money.
Peace, 21 – When I stopped smoking I could finally save money for safer transportation. You see, I usually take kekes, buses or an along to work or wherever I want to go. I earn 40,000 naira a month and I spent about 3,000 naira a week on transport from my house to my office. Occasionally I would use a cab, when it is too late for me to get home.
I got robbed in a keke on my way back home one night and it was a traumatising experience. The whole thing made me reflect on whether it was worth it to spend my money on cigarettes. I slowly started to see how I substituted the money I had for other things to buy cigarettes. When I quit, I saved 5,000 a month on cigarettes which I now use for safer transportation.
Emeka ,35 – I currently work in an office that pays me 70,000 naira a month which I use to take care of my wife and three kids. I typically smoked when I was stressed out, which was pretty much all the time. I spent around 700 to 1000 naira a week on cigarettes, mostly single sticks. Buying in packs was like a luxury for me, but it was needed. When I quit, I discovered I had saved over 6,000 naira a month. Even though that seems like a small amount, for somebody with my pay grade, that was a lot of money to spend on something that affected me in the long run.
Haruna 27- Nigeria is one of the countries with the lowest cost of cigarettes. I earn over 40,000 from naira my business. I’ve been smoking since I was 15 years old with my friends back in secondary school. We started with buying one stick a day which cost 20 to 30 naira then buying two packs a week which costs 1,000 to 2,000 naira a week. When I finally decided to quit I realised I had saved about 8,000 naira a month which was about 96,000 naira a year. Now I save that on travelling and exploring other things that improve me as a person.