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According to The Los Angeles Times  what does it cost to stop smoking? For just about anyone, less than it does to keep smoking. Many smokers burn through thousands of dollars each year buying cigarettes alone. Then there are peripheral costs like breath mints, extra trips to the dry cleaner and higher premiums for health insurance.

Quitting costs money too, but it’s a better long-term investment. Plus, much of what you’ll need to get started — nicotine gum, patches and even counseling sessions — is often available free.

“The cost of quitting isn’t typically the reason smokers give for not giving up the habit,” says Dr. Cheryl Healton, president of the American Legacy Foundation, a smoking cessation advocacy group based in Washington, D.C. “But finding out that it can be a very manageable cost is good news for smokers who make the decision to stop.”

Nationwide, the average cost of a pack of cigarettes (including the federal cigarette tax and state sales taxes) is about $5.51, according to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids in Washington, D.C. For those who smoke a pack a day, that works out to about $155 a month, or just over $2,000 a year.

Quitting, on the other hand, generally costs $25 to $150 a month, according to Dr. Michael Fiore, director of the University of Wisconsin Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention. One-on-one counseling may add to the tab, he said.

Fortunately, in Southern California the percentage of smokers is comparatively low to other states. Dr. O’Toole clearly details the surgical risk for smokers especially with procedures like abdominoplasty, breast lift, and facelift. These procedures are at risk for delayed wound healing along the incision lines due to the compromised skin tissue of smokers. The best case scenario is to be a non-smoker as a surgical patient. If you are a smoker quitting at least three weeks prior to surgery and refraining from smoking during recovery will benefit smokers who choose to have plastic surgery.


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