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Multiply the cost of a packet of cigarettes, by the number you smoke per week, then multiplied by 52, then multiply by the number of years to your retirement and have a look at the figure. That’s how much wealthier you could be when you retire if you quit. Imagine if you never tried smoking when you were a teenager multiply that yearly cost, by the number of years from your teenage years when you first started, to when you retire. How much more wealth could you retire with, if you never started? Is it worth being like myself and my kids and never ever trying cigarettes? A little while ago my son who is 17 said to me, when he was looking at a car to buy at the age of 18, “Mum, what is this?” He was shocked when I told him it was an ashtray. He said “Who would want an ashtray in a car?” I told him that most people stuck their coins in it and didn’t use it for anything else. If you’re a teenager and considering saying, “Yes” to that first cigarette you’re offered. First ask, “How much does a packet of cigarettes cost?” Then multiply that by how many packets of cigarettes, the person offering it to you goes through during a week, and then multiply it by the number of weeks until you turn 18. How much would you have saved if you put it aside towards your first car, or even just its running costs which you will have to pay for, even if you are given a car? Will that make it worthwhile to you to say no to that first cigarette and everyone from then on? Are you strong enough to say no, or are you too weak to stand up to any pressure? That was my motivation as a teenager.

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