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Pharmacy giant CVS announced this mornining that it plans to stop selling tobacco products in all of its stores by October 1. The move, unainmously praised by health care advocates and even President Obama, is a bold one that will end up costing the chain about $2 billion in annual revenue.
That's "billion" with a "b."
That's a HUGE number, especially when you consider all the other pharmacies, gas stations, supermarkets and convenience stores in the rest of the country that sell tobacco products. Clearly American's are spending a lot of money on cigarettes.
Now it's no secret tobacco products are bad for your health. You know it, I know it, anyone who ever sat through the 2nd grade knows it. But for many smokers, that's just not incentive enough to quit.
So to put things in a different perspective, we made a list of all the things a person could buy for the price of a pack of cigarettes, which averages about $9.
For the price of one pack a day you could purchase:
1. Panera's "You Pick Two" Order ($7.50)
2. A Brita Filtered Water Bottle ($8.99)
If you're going to try and get a little healthier you may as well go all the way! Ditch the bottled water and try out of these bad boys. Besides, who knows whose mouth has been on that water fountain spigot? Better safe than sorry.
3. 9 Extra Lives on Candy Crush ($8.99)
Think about what you could accomplish with that kind of procrastination time. (Answer: Probably nothing, but it's still better than smoking.)
And if you kicked your pack-a-day habit for an entire week, you'd be saving roughly $63. Which would leave you enough cash for:
In addition to being able to finally join the "Downton" conversation, this purchase will also teach you all sorts of things about etiquette and the pratfalls of premarital sex.
5. A Personal Keurig Machine ($48.94)
Because coffee is way, way better than a nasty old cigarette. Plus look how classy it makes you look.
And if you quit for an entire month, you'd save an estimated $270, which means you'd have enough money to cover:
6. A Cell Phone Bill..for a Family of Four! ($120-$240)
Yea. We know. Cell phone bills are the worst. But if you're spending money on cigarettes every day, that should be about enough to cover even the largest of cell phone bills.
7. A One-Year Subscriptions to Spotify Premium...and Netflix! ($216)
A.k.a. an unlimited supply of movies, music and television. BEAT THAT, cigarettes!
8. A 4-Day Cruise to Baja Mexico ($139)
Granted cruises have gotten some bad press lately, but look at the snow outside your window. Mexico sounds pretty nice right now doesn't it?
And if you gave up smoking for an entire year (at which point we're pretty sure you wouldn't go back), you'd save yourself a sweet $3,285. Meaning you need to run out and buy this immediately:
Which is going to be perfect for those Downton Abbey DVDs.