The cost of my first relapse (Have a calculator handy)

Joined: 13 Jan 2009, 23:04

14 Sep 2004, 23:15 #31

I remember my first relapse very well. I was about 15 years old, already smoking a pack a day and having a fight with my mother made me decide to "quit again another time". Not only did I continue to smoke, I gradually smoked more and many more every year...

That cost me the fine amount of 53,781.27 euro's . (I found a site with the cigarette prices in the last three decades that proved me helpful). If cigarettes had cost back then what they cost today I would have spent more than 90,000 euro's. I'm not sure I want to think about that!

But shouldn't we think about the 15-year old that may relapse today for much the same of a non-reason and has to pay today's prices? I haven't quit for very long but I'm increasingly perplexed that it is allowed that so many of our youngsters are lured into addiction every day. I am walking around and start to notice just how many people smoke and wonder how that can be allowed, so many people being crippled and killed and not a voice raised? I am slowly realising how great the impact my smoking has been on my self-esteem and face in disbelief I have never been my true self since the age of 10. And it cost me *how much?* to be a junkie for the best part of my life?

Vonnebeest - Quit for 1 month and 13 days

Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:58

24 Apr 2005, 01:17 #32

I wanted to quit when our first child was born, but failed, I never smoked in the house after that, but...

I could have been quit for 16 Years, 10 Months, 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 14 hours and 7 minutes (6,166 days). I could have saved $26,917.15 by not ingesting 110,998 nicotine delivery devices. I could have saved 1 Year, 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 9 hours and 50 minutes of my life. If My Quit Date had been: 6/4/1988 11:00 PM

Had I never taken that first puff some 32 Years ago, I could have saved $51,138.55 and not ingested 210,880 nicotine delivery devices (thats somewhere around 2,108,800 puffs, talk about conditioning).

I have been quit for 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 13 hours and 41 minutes (27 days). I have saved $120.33 by not ingesting 496 nicotine delivery devices. I have saved 1 Day, 17 hours and 20 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 3/26/2005 11:00 PM and
I am Free...

mohammed moid
Joined: 09 Jan 2009, 20:58

13 Jun 2005, 00:31 #33

I lost a 2 year quit in 1997 and never tried again till this one in 2005. Could have saved close to $7K+ if I had not taken that one puff (actually started with chewing but I didnt realize it at that time). but thats past...i've already saved $500 in the last 4 months. Moid Smoke free for Four months, three days, 3 hours, 59 minutes and 29 seconds. 1477 cigarettes not smoked, saving $531.90. Life saved: 5 days, 3 hours, 5 minutes.

GrumpyOMrsS (Gold)
Joined: 19 Dec 2008, 00:00

13 Jun 2005, 01:12 #34

Could have saved close to $7K+ if I had not taken that one puff (actually started with chewing but I didnt realize it at that time). but thats past...i've already saved $500 in the last 4 months.

Hello Mohammed,

You very well may have saved far more than $500 this past four months. You may have just saved your life. Image


Joined: 19 Dec 2008, 00:55

13 Jun 2005, 05:36 #35

Free for 11567 days. Working on day 11568

I've not smoked 427965 death sticks, and saved $271,558.43.
I've saved 1485 days, 23 hours and 46 minutes of my life.

Smokes were lot cheaper back then so the money saved would change

Andy (Silver)
Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:57

13 Jun 2005, 20:44 #36

My first relapse was the classic story of rationalization. I was out of town with some buddies. After a few drinks a cigarette couldn't hurt right? Wrong! the first one I practically spat out. It was disgusting. After only six months of not smoking I had forgotten how bad they tasted. Uggh. But, give me another. And another. And another. By the third one I could easily smoke the whole cigarette and the six months that I had already invested just flew by. $10,220 just flew out of my pocket over the next 8 years and who knows how much life I took off choking down those 58,400 cigarettes. There is only way to guarantee success and it is to never take another puff. Take your quit seriously and guard it with your life.

Smoke free for 2 years 6 mos. and 11 days.

amicalm Gold
Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:57

18 Sep 2005, 20:41 #37

I haven't seen this thread before. Yikes.
My first quit was in college. I suppose that I had already smoked 6 or 7 years.
I would have not smoked 146,000 cigarettes. And saved at least $47,000.


Joined: 19 Dec 2008, 00:06

19 Mar 2006, 06:49 #38

My first quit was in 1985 and lasted 8 weeks, until I had "just one puff." My current quit has last 9 weeks, and I will never take another puff.

I've saved almost $600 and have NOT smoked over 2,000 cigarettes. What a shock that number is!

Joined: 19 Dec 2008, 00:02

29 Mar 2006, 04:09 #39

I don't know about my first relapse, had too many to recall. But I can calculate the costs of my last (and final) relapse. I had quit for amost 4 years....smoked for 8 months and it cost me......

-my dignity (for knowing after that first nasty one that I was in trouble)
that one ended up being over 5,000 cigarettes in 8 months
Spent about $875.00 on over 240 packs ONE = ALL - ALWAYS!

my circulation decreased
my heart/chest pain increased
my breath stunk, i stunk
my daughter started smoking (arrggghh)
fear of the unknown damage


Marie 1month 3wks 6days 22hrs over 1,230 not smoked

Miguel HW 22
Joined: 19 Dec 2008, 00:22

12 Aug 2006, 23:00 #40

Had my 1st attempt at the age of 18 and got smoke free for 3 months.

Miguel - Free and Healing for Five Years, Three Months, Twenty Two Days, 4 Hours and 58 Minutes, while extending my life expectancy 134 Days and 17 Hours, by avoiding the use of 38804 nicotine delivery devices that would have cost me 5.784,55 €.

Geeezzz NTAP