Smoking is an expensive vice. An ordinary smoker incurs enormous cost to sustain this unhealthy lifestyle and the costs do not pertain solely to him. There are adverse effects to the body, to the immediate family, to the society, to the environment and to the economy.
The most obvious cost of smoking is the daily, weekly and monthly expenditure of an ordinary smoker. Cigarettes now cost an average of $4.00 per pack. How much more would this cost for a chain smoker?
Imagine a smoker burning a pack per day, $4.00 per day. The money burned could amount to almost $1500 in a year! That could already have sent the smoker and his love ones to a decent out-of-town vacation.
Statistics attribute the majority of the cause of death every year as a result of or as aggravated by smoking. The number of smoke related diseases such as cancer, respiratory problems and heart ailments increase yearly. Certain disabilities also result from these tobacco related diseases. It could also result in a decreased ability to enjoy physical abilities because of the ailment or side effects like breathing problems.
Reduced life expectancy, the smoker may lose 10-15 years of his or her life as a consequence.
Medical expenditures will also have to be addressed as most, if not all, smoke related illnesses require treatment, services and medication. Health care services do not always come free.
At the same time, there will be lost productivity when the ailing smoker is forced to retire to the hospital bed and refrain from working. Thus the earning capacity declines. Instead of bringing in more money to the household, the money had to be taken out.
The environment of the smoker will also deteriorate because of the fumes. The car is one place where the smoker could comfortably light up a cigarette. Definitely, the interior will smell, ashes will accumulate and upholstery may get burn holes. Same thing goes if the smoker freely lights up anywhere inside his or her house.
Smoking gives a higher risk of starting a fire. Several fires had been discovered to have originated from a cigarette left lit.
Air pollution is also further aggravated. This is due to the constant release of carbon monoxide in the proximate vicinity. This contributes to the high temperature of the environment.
Smokers also harm their neighbors through secondhand smoke. Non-smokers exposed to the carbons emitted are susceptible to smoking related diseases. If these exposed non-smokers have illnesses, secondhand smoking could further aggravate the situation.
In acquiring insurance policies, there is the trend now to charge higher premiums to smokers. The vice is considered a high-risk.
Smokers who die early do not get to enjoy the fruits of their pensions. This means less social security benefits.
Cigarette smoking also affects the overall aesthetics of the person. These are offshoots of smoking that cannot be disregarded as they affect the self regard of the person and also his or her relationship with others. Rectifying these could actually cost money.
Bad breath brought about by smoking would require gum or mints to overcome the odor. The smoker may also opt for breath fresheners, which are even more expensive. Cigarette components stain the teeth.
Having yellow teeth means extra charge from the dentist aside from the usual cleaning. Smokers were also found to have darkened gums. Smoking