A Question for Smokers: What Would You Buy With an Extra $14,500 a Year?


If you are one of the millions of Australians who know you want to quit smoking but just haven’t take that first step, there is no better day than today.

Monday, 31 May is World No Tobacco Day, the perfect opportunity to Commit to Quit!

Today we remember the 8 million people that die every year from smoking related illnesses.

Evidence released this year showed that smokers were more likely to get seriously ill from COVID-19 than non-smokers.

That triggered millions of smokers to want to quit.

Quitting can be challenging, especially with the added social and economic stress that have come as a result of the pandemic, but there are a lot of reasons to quit.

The benefits of quitting tobacco are almost immediate.

  1. After just 20 minutes of quitting smoking, your heart rate drops.
  2. Within 12 hours, the carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.
  3. Within 2-12 weeks, your circulation improves and lung function increases.
  4. Within 1-9 months, coughing and shortness of breath decrease.
  5. Within 5-15 years, your stroke risk is reduced to that of a non-smoker.
  6. Within 10 years, your lung cancer death rate is about half that of a smoker.
  7. Within 15 years, your risk of heart disease is that of a non-smoker.

If being happier and healthier isn’t enough reason for you, maybe cold hard cash is an incentive?

At about $40 for a pack of 30, a pack-a-day smoker will spend about $14,500 on cancer sticks.

That’s a couple of very nice luxury holidays. Or a jet ski. Or a hot tub for your back deck…

We support our BRHS employees that want to quit, and so we provide free nicotine patches for one month to get them started.

For more information, staff should call Community Health Nursing on ext. 20230.

Here’s some other resources to help you quit: