Fribble Be a Quitter

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By Rebecca Wolfe (
November 16, 2000

This year, The Great American Smoke Out falls on November 16, 2000. On this day, more people will try to quit smoking than on any other day of the year, according to The American Cancer Society.

Smoking is a very expensive habit. Many smokers pay $2.50 to $5 a pack, or even more, and smoke several packs a day. You can see how that could add up. This is money that could be invested at the historical market return rate of 11%, or it could be put toward paying off high-interest credit card debt. My husband and I quit smoking just over a year ago, and we've already saved about $3,500.

We've also saved money in other ways. We make fewer trips to the doctor's office, spend less on cough medicine, and miss less time from work. Our children also recover from colds more quickly.

Being a Quitter is truly Foolish. I hope that the smokers in the Fool community will quit smoking for the Smoke Out this year. If you only quit for the day, it will be great practice for when you decide you'd like to quit for good.

While I hope this has encouraged some thought, there's another purpose to my writing this. I'd like to thank The Motley Fool for helping me to quit smoking. Last September, a kind Fool pointed me toward the Quitting Smoking discussion board. I posted that I was going to quit cold turkey and got lots of encouragement and support. Since that time, the board has grown and among those posters I count some great friends. Thanks, Fools!

Rebecca Wolfe

One year, two months, one week, two days, 21 hours, 53 minutes and 51 seconds. 13,107 cigarettes not smoked, saving $1,704.12. Life saved: 6 weeks, 3 days, 12 hours, 15 minutes.