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The Cost of Quitting

You’ve heard all the arguments that quitting smoking will save you money you would ordinarily spend on cigarettes. But if you’re using a medical aid to get you to quit, you might be in for some sticker shock.
Unfortunately, health insurance companies won’t help you out here. Chantix, a popular prescription medicine that helps reduce the urge to smoke, can cost up to $345 a month, a month’s supply of nicotine patches will cost around $100 and some nasal sprays can cost around $260 a month. Your insurance may provide support or counseling, but that’s about it.  
Of course, when you compare that cost to the ability to ride a bike or run up a flight of stairs without losing your breath, that cost out-of-pocket to quit smoking may be worth it. Keep an eye out for possible discounts—as this writer from Contra Costa Times found out, her AAA membership card got her a nearly 35% discount of her prescription medications that weren’t covered by insurance. [Contra Costa Times]

Posted: 4/14/08

After being a smoker for 20 years, I tried Zero Smoke that I saw on tv. It costs about 60 bucks including shipping. Today is day 15 and I do not have any cravings, withdrawals or anything. It is amazing.

  • By honey37
  • on 4/21/08 8:07 AM EST