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When you are encouraging someone to do something, it helps to have more than one reason in order to be convincing. In the case of smoking cessation, the million and one reasons to quit smoking usually boil down to improving one’s health. The state of California recently launched a campaign that focused attention on another worthy reason to stop smoking: keeping the environment safe.

A feature on the Los Angeles Times gives one more reason to stop smoking: saving money.

It does make good sense. Despite the fact that smoking cessation therapies and nicotine patches cost money, from a financial standpoint, these expenses can be viewed as a wiser investment, as opposed to buying cigarettes. Looking at it from another perspective, money spent on cigarettes is basically set alight and goes up in smoke.

And the expenses do not end there. Aside from having to shell out as much as thousands of dollars a year on cigarettes, there are extra expenses to consider: buying breath mints, extra trips to the dentist to have your teeth cleaned, extra trips to the dry cleaners, and higher health insurance premiums.

Dr. Cheryl Healton, president of the American Legacy Foundation, a smoking cessation advocacy group, was quoted in the feature: “The cost of quitting isn't typically the reason smokers give for not giving up the habit… but finding out that it can be a very manageable cost is good news for smokers who make the decision to stop.”

According to the feature, smokers who finish a pack of cigarettes a day spend as much as $2,000 a year on cigarettes alone. Trying to quit, on the other hand, usually costs anywhere between $25 to $150.