Like a lot of people who have served in the Army, I’m no stranger to tobacco. Whether it was cigarettes, dip, or the occasional cigar, it really just became part of everyday life. This was aided, in small part at least, by the fact that the Department of Defense mandates lower prices on military bases.
Now, as a civilian, the health concerns and the smell should already be enough to keep me from smoking cigarettes. The cost here on the outside just makes the decision even easier.
In 2014, The Awl reported that the average cost of a pack of cigarettes here in New York is $12.85. This jives with what I’ve seen on the streets. A pack-a-day smoker would spend $4,690 per year, and that’s not even including the extra laundry, dry-cleaning, tooth-brushing, and healthcare costs you’re likely to see.
And that’s money that could go straight to paying down my student loan debt.
So let’s do this, once and for all.
Note: Some say that portable vaporizers, such as at this website, are a healthier alternative to smoking. Mention your tips below in the comments.