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The following facts have been compiled by a gentleman who has had the misfortune of suffering a stroke,  He hopes it will, perhaps, give others food for thought regarding smoking:-

I smoked 30 cigarettes a day.
The cost of each cigarette in 1999 was 16p.
The cost of a day's cigarettes was, therefore, 4.80.
The cost of a week's cigarettes was 33.60.
The last year was a leap year (366 days);  366 x 30 cigarettes = 10,980.               

10,980 cigarettes I smoked in one year.

10,980 at a cost of 16p. each = 1,756.80! The cost of one year's cigarettes.
I had been smoking for 35 years.
The first 10 years I smoked around 20 a day = approximately 73,000 cigarettes
The next 25 years I smoked 30 a day = approximately 273,750 cigarettes.
This means I would have smoked around 346,750 cigarettes in my life.
It takes around 7 minutes to smoke one cigarette. 
This means I smoked for the equivalent of 3 1/2 hours each day.
Over 35 years I have spent approximately 1,685 days or 240 weeks or 4 years and 7 months smoking! Plus the time looking for a light.
The length of a cigarette is approximately 4" x 346,750 = 1,387,000 inches
Placed end to end this would stretch for almost 22 miles.
If the cigarettes were purchased in packs of 20, I would have bought a total of 17,337 packs.
Laid flat on top of each other the packets would reach over 1800 feet high.
Laid end to end these packets would be almost 2 miles long.
When I first started smoking a packet of 20 cost around 4 shillings or 20p.
My habit then cost 1.40 per week or 73 per year.
Had I chosen to invest the money rather than spend it on cigarettes at an annual interest of 4% per year I could have saved 36,133.80 over the 35 years.
After years of being weak willed in trying to kick the habit I finally gave up on the 27th January, 2000.
It was really quite easy - for years I had read the health warnings but thought I was invincible!!!!

Some more interesting facts about smoking including the current eye watering financial cost.

Recognising stroke symptoms.


This gentleman also sent in some humorous bedroom tips proof that he has been able to maintain his sense of humour at this very difficult time and he has very kindly given permission for us to reproduce some of his material on Hints and Things. 





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