Kick Your Smoking Habits to the Curb to Decrease Health Care Costs

Monday, August 12, 2013

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Smoking is a tough habit to break, but if you can steer clear of tobacco you can significantly decrease your health care costs! Cigarette smoking is the number one cause of preventable death and disease in the United States. High health care costs are a result of unhealthy behaviors and smoking is certainly one of these. By kicking this addictive habit to the curb you will be creating a healthier lifestyle for yourself and lowering your healthcare costs. The American Lung Association reported that cigarette smoking costs our nation nearly $193 billion annually, or an average of $4,260 for each individual smoker. Cigarette smoke contains nearly 70 different chemicals that are known carcinogens and it is responsible for 90% of lung cancer cases. Trade in your pack of cigarettes for better health!

Not only will smoking cessation save you from many future healthcare costs, but it will also be saving the hole in your wallet! Purchasing cigarettes on a regular basis is expensive! In New Hampshire, an average pack of cigarettes is $5.87. This price adds up quickly. Think about positive things you could be doing with this money instead. Cigarette smoking often adds to higher health insurance premiums and added medical bills due to smoking-related illnesses. Chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and lung cancer are common occurrences. United Health Care reported that quitting smoking can save up to $20,000 in health care bills throughout your lifetime. They also stated that $96 billion a year are spent on smoking-related illnesses. Not only will you be saving money by parting ways with cigarettes but you will also be on your way to becoming a healthier person. It doesn't take long for your general health to improve after kicking cigarettes to the curb!

UNH Health Services offers tobacco cessation programs and wants to help our campus become smoke-free. They reported that 5 out of 6 UNH students do not smoke and 7 out of the 10 smokers want to quit. You can visit Health Services website for more information, and also check out their YouTube video to learn about some statistics and cigarette smoking rules on UNH campus!

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