News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 


Former smokers save over four hundred thousand dollars

On Saturday 1 February members of Quitline’s blogging community took part in a ‘Quit Stats Count-up’ where they posted their quitting statistics to Quitline’s blog. Over 100 former smokers posted details of how many days they had been smokefree, the number of cigarettes or amount of loose tobacco they had not smoked and the money they had saved as a result. The Quit Stats count-up was initiated by blogger ‘Worker’ and the stats were added up by fellow blogger ‘PokuruGirl’.

Collectively the participants saved $410,199 as a result of not smoking 609,135 cigarettes and 75,204 grams of tobacco. “Laid end to end, these smokes would be 4,263,945 centimeters, or 42.63 kilometers long. Which is pretty much a marathon of smokes!” commented ‘PokuruGirl’.

Participants ranged from those who had quit smoking this New Year to those who had been smokefree for several years.

“The cost of tobacco is one of the main reasons why people decide to quit,” says Quitline’s Chief Executive, Paula Snowden. She continues: “The Quit Stats calculator tool on Quitline’s website, where you can enter the date you quit smoking and see how much money you’ve saved, is a huge motivational tool. You can also share these statistics on Quitline’s blog and social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. Smoking is expensive and the savings quickly add up to the cost of a grocery shop, a new television or even a family holiday.”

Quitline’s blog brings together thousands of people who are quitting smoking and want to share information and support each other. Research shows that this support when used in combination with Quitline’s phone support greatly increases a person’s chances of successfully quitting.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Scoop Review Of Books: Rushing For Gold

The first section focuses particularly on the Victorian connections – commercial, legal, mining and personal, including migration statistics. But for me the most interesting chapters were in the middle sections about the people of the goldfields. More>>

Comedy Festival Review: VOTE BATT

The political campaigning in the US over the last eight months or so has provided a stark insight into how far political candidates are willing to go. This background came into focus as “former comedian” – now politician – Tim Batt ushered people up into the front seats, passing out badges and taking photographs with his not entirely adoring public... More>>

HRH QEII's 90th: New Zealand Post Birthday Stamps Fit For A Queen

New Zealand Post is celebrating the Queen’s 90th birthday with a special series of stamps and a limited edition silver coin. The Queen was born on 21 April 1926. To mark her birthday, New Zealand Post has produced ‘lenticular’ or moving stamps that feature nine different images of the Queen on just three stamps. More>>

ALSO:

Anzac Day: A Time To Stand Against Hatred

The Human Rights Commission says ANZAC Day is a time for New Zealanders to remember those things our grandparents stood for and stand up against intolerance and prejudice. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Health
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news