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Mythbusting: "Quitting smoking is expensive"

We know that smoking is expensive, but what about quitting? Stop smoking medications like nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) and prescribed stop smoking tablets are more affordable than you might think.

With the average price of cigarettes hovering around $26 a pack, it comes as no surprise that if you quit you stand to save a lot of money. A pack a day smoker will save more than $9000 in a single year!

But what about the cost of quitting? Doesn't quitting itself come with a price tag?

Stop smoking medications including NRT patches, gum and lozenge, and prescribed stop smoking tablets, are available at reduced rates under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). See your doctor about a prescription.

These product are also highly effective. In fact, the most effective way to quit combines Quitline with stop smoking medications.

Quitline provides free information and advice: 13 7848. Quitline counsellors are like personal trainers for quitting smoking. Using Quitline more than doubles your likelihood of staying quit. Contacting the Quitline costs the same as a usual call from your phone. Or you can request a Quitline call (at no cost to you). You can also text 13 7848 (for the cost of a text message) and we'll call you back.

The money you spend on quitting is likely to be very small compared to the money you would have spent on cigarettes in that same time. You will certainly spend much less compared to continuing to smoke. 

Some other ways you can save when quitting:


Last updated November 2021.

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