Not only is smoking dangerous to our health, but it can empty our pockets too!
Every person understands the dangers of smoking. And despite constant warnings from TV ads—and even from the cigarette box itself—many people continue to smoke due to various reasons like addiction. People have been smoking tobacco cigarettes decades ago, and it has become part of many people’s daily lives.
Aside from being a health hazard, smoking is costly too. Carlos Phang, a former smoker from Malaysia, claimed he used to smoke at least 30 cigarettes a day. He continued doing so for 10 years, and the money he spent on all those cigarette sticks could’ve bought him a new car or even a house.
“For the first three days, the mucus kept dripping from my nose, I couldn’t sleep at night and I felt very lethargic at work. Plus, my throat felt like there was a feather that kept tickling it which was super irritating. But believe me, this just means that your body is expelling the toxins and it will get better,” he said, claiming it was hard at first.
To motivate others to stop smoking, a Phang shared his experience on Facebook, and is hoping to encourage others to quit. He quit smoking 6 years ago, and managed to completely avoid cigarettes. With this at hand, he was able to save money.
“But are you sure that smoking can reduce stress or after you finish smoking you won’t be bored anymore? Stop lying to yourself! It’s just a bad habit that you can’t control, because you need to have the willpower to stop and you CAN do it – just decide that you are stopping,” he said on his Facebook post, criticizing other smokers for making up excuses to avoid quitting.
He managed to save RM 4875 (approximately USD$ 1151.53) in those 6 months. He says that he had saved RM 24 into his piggy bank every day for 6 months in which the total of his savings sums up to a price of an iPhone 8 Plus.
Carlos added, “Okay, so for those of you who have thought about quitting but if you didn’t do anything about it, how can it be possible? I don’t mean to curse anyone but do you really want to wait until the day that the doctor tells you that if you don’t stop you are going to die?”
He ended his post with a few words to encourage others to quit smoking: “It is never too late to quit smoking, the most important thing is you need to have the determination to stop.”