The top New Year's resolution for 2016: Quit smoking to save money and your health

Posted 29 Dec 2015.

You could save as much $9000 next year if you make your New Year's resolution to quit smoking in 2016.

Cancer Council WA Tobacco Programs Manager Libby Jardine said quitting smoking was the equivalent of getting a pay rise at work.

"A person who smokes a pack of cigarettes a day at the average price of $25 per packet could save $9125 a year if they quit on January 1st," Ms Jardine said.

"For the average Western Australian wage earner, it's the equivalent of receiving an $11,250 pay rise after accounting for income tax."

Savings aren't restricted to the wallet however, with those quitting soon enough reducing their risk of an early death.

"People in their 20s and 30s who decide to quit smoking could gain back nine to 10 years of life compared to those who continue to smoke.

"Quitting smoking when you're 50 has been found to halve your chances of dying prematurely."

Even though only 12.3% of adults in WA smoke, over 1,500 people die in WA each year from smoking related causes.

Ms Jardine said smoking a pack of cigarettes a day equates to 150mls of tar passing through your lungs.

"While 150mls might not sound like much, when you think of it as an everyday product, like a small bottle of soy sauce (pictured), the reality of how much tar passing through your lungs sinks in."

While some people may make their resolution to reduce the amount they smoke, Ms Jardine said there was no safe level of smoking.

"Smoking one to four cigarettes per day almost triples the chances of dying from lung cancer and heart disease, so the best option is to quit altogether."

Quitting also has the added bonus of giving you more time during the day.

A pack-a-day smoker who takes on average three minutes to smoke each cigarette would have an extra 1.25 hours spare each day if they quit.

"When you look at it over the course of a year, it actually equates to an additional 19 days saved, equivalent to doubling the standard amount of annual leave."

Cancer Council WA's Make Smoking History campaign urges people to quit smoking, and provides information about quitting and the types of support available, such as Quitline 13 78 48.

Make Smoking History is proudly supported by Cancer Council WA, the Department of Health WA and Healthway.

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