Smoking habit costs €200,000 over lifetime

People who smoke are being informed of the cost of smoking habit, to both their health and purses.

Based on anti-smoking team, ASH Ireland, a person who smokes 20 cigarettes per day spends almost €3,500 annually, or €200,000 throughout his life.

"Most of this cost is on taxes and the rest increases the earnings of the cigarette companies. The greater part who wants to stop smoking should know that this is a good time to make that crucial decision," said ASH chairman, Dr Ross Morgan.

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Nevertheless, quitting is achievable and there are a variety of health benefits for those who have great results. Now a lot of programs are trying to prevent people from smoking and one of the quitting smoking methods is electronic cigarette, however it has not been proved that this gadget can help.

"If the cigarette smoker can make that crucial decision to give up the habit, both health and financial benefits will rapidly follow," Dr Morgan said.

A lot of people decided to stop smoking, but warned that success will not be reached at the first try.

Meanwhile, the Irish Heart Foundation (IHF) is calling for so-called 'social smokers' to stop smoking, as this can multiple a person's risk of developing heart disease.

The IHF released the warning after new study from the UK discovered that 'part-time' smokers are in refusal about the harm they are doing to themselves, and just one in four is concerned that their smoking habit could doing harm to their health.

The group is convinced that the same is true of social smokers in Ireland, who mistakenly consider that they will not experience a heart attack or stroke as a result of smoking habit.

One million people smoke in Ireland and a quarter of these are viewed as irregular or social smokers having one to five cigarettes daily. There is a frequent misperception that smoking occasionally or smoking a lesser amount than heavy smokers, has little or no risk.

Dr Angie Brown, medical director of the IHF, warned that smoking is even more harmful for women because they metabolise nicotine faster than men.

"Actually, smoking women are almost two times as likely to suffer a heart attack as non-smoking women. Women's arterial blood vessels are also smaller than in men and when joined with nicotine usage, which leads to blood vessels to narrow, women are at higher risk of blockages or vascular problems," she said.

The IHF suggested that after just 20 minutes of stopping smoking, a person's blood pressure and pulse level get back to regular. After two days, their sense of taste and smell betters and after just three days of stopping, breathing is easier and energy levels raise.

Twelve months after kicking the habit of smoking, the risk of having a heart attack is lowered to half that of a smoker.