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How Much The Average Smoker Spends In A Year

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How Much The Average Smoker Spends In A Year

'Smoking kills' your wallet is something that is pretty undebatable and it has been revealed how much the UK average smoker spends a year.

According to health service 'One Small Step', the UK government spends roughly £12.6 billion a year.

The breakdown of that amount is £2.5 billion spent on NHS services and £8.6 billion of lost productivity on businesses.

The average smoker reportedly puffs 10 cigs a day and considering that a packed costs £10.80, that's a spend of £37.80 per week, which is a mega £1,971 a year.


As you might imagine, for that amount of cash you could buy some pretty impressive stuff.

Credit: Alamy
Credit: Alamy

Considering that the average cost of a holiday abroad is £815 for nine nights, you could get two holidays a year that amount.

The average food shop in 2019 was £60.60 per week, just over 32 weeks of shopping.


Well, if you love your caffeine, a large Americano at Costa costs £2.40, you could get a coffee every day for £16.80, less that the £37.80 for the habit.

The average price of a litre of fuel in the UK is now around £1.24 for petrol and £1.30 for diesel; that means you can fill a small car with petrol for £49.60 and with diesel for £52.

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Credit: Alamy

The average monthly cost of owning a cat or a rabbit is £94, that’s 2.5 weeks of no smoking.


New Zealand is bringing in a new law that will prevent young people from ever being able to buy normal cigarettes.

The country has committed to being smoke-free by 2025 and the government has now outlined their silver bullet in achieving that ambitious goal.

Associate Health Minister Dr Ayesha Verrall revealed: "People aged 14 when the law comes into effect will never be able to legally purchase tobacco."

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Credit: Alamy

She added: "We are also reducing the appeal, addictiveness and availability of smoked tobacco products."

Those aged 14 and under, as well as anyone who is born after that, won't be able to pop into their local to get some ciggies for the rest of their lives.

At the moment, the legal smoking age is 18.

According to the Daily Mail, there will be additional age groups added to the ban each year until it's illegal for the whole country to light up.


Under the rules, cigarettes with only tiny amounts of nicotine will be available for purchase, however there will only be500 shops across New Zealand who will be permitted to sell them.

Dr Ayesha Verrall said these measures will ensure they stick to their goal of phasing our cigarettes and tobacco by 2025.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: UK News

Anish Vij
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