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7 things to spend your money on when you quit smoking

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What could you spend your money on when you quit smoking?

We all know the health benefits of quitting smoking, and plenty of people quit because their family have asked them to. But the number one reason Queenslanders quit smoking? Money.

Smoking is expensive. If you’re a regular smoker, you could be spending hundreds of dollars a month on your habit, which adds up to thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars a year. When you quit, that money suddenly becomes free and you can do whatever you want with it.

If you’re thinking of quitting or need a reminder about why you should stay off the smokes, here are seven ideas for spending all that extra money to help with your motivation.

Start a new hobby

What’s one thing you’ve always wanted to have a go at, but haven’t tried yet? Life is full of fun opportunities, but when you’re spending money on smoking, you don’t always have much leftover cash to try new things. When you quit, why not allocate some extra cash to trying out a new hobby?

While some hobbies are free – reading library books, jogging, stargazing – for others you might need a small amount of money for equipment to get started. Whether you’re keen to grow a veggie garden, get into craft, restore old machinery or learn how to ballroom dance, the money you would have spent on smoking can help you do it.

A man plants a tomato seedling.

Spend time with family

These days, most of us have family that live out of town, or even interstate or overseas. If you’ve been wanting to see your family more often, quitting smoking could help you do it.

Putting your smoking money towards a few trips every year to see the rellies is not only a good way to boost your motivation to stay quit; spending time with loved ones is great for your mental wellbeing, too.

See Australia

We live in an amazing country. How much of it have you seen?

There are 327 National and State Parks in Queensland alone, and your newfound extra money can help you visit them. Once you’re there, most activities are completely free, while activities like camping might have a small fee.

Not sure where to go first? Visit Parks and Forests for information about all the National and State Parks in Queensland, or follow our #WeekendActiveTip series on Instagram for weekly inspiration.

A sign marks a walking tracking into a rainforest.

See your favourites live

Who’s your favourite musician, band, sports team or artist? How cool would it be to see them live? Maybe even meet them?

Quitting smoking can leave you with enough extra money each year to go to concerts, events, shows and matches, whatever floats your boat. Grab some mates and head to the cricket, take your kids to their first rock concert, or head along to the local film, theatre or writers festival and take in some culture.

Find out what’s coming up in your area at

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Boost your retirement fund

Quitting smoking can help you live a longer and healthier life. And, the money you save from quitting can help you enjoy that long life even more. Stash it in your Super account, pop it in savings or invest it elsewhere – when it comes time to finish work, your saved up smoking money can help you enjoy the retirement you deserve.

Get active

Once you stop smoking, you might find physical activity becomes easier as your heart and lung health improve. If you’ve put off getting active in the past because of money, now’s your time to buy that new pair of sneakers, join a gym, find a class you love or get back into sport. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to get fit, in fact, Healthier. Happier. have free workouts you can do at home, while our list of 30 fun ways to get 30 minutes of physical activity is jam packed with free and low-cost activities to try.

A group of people learn to surf on a Queensland beach

Pay off your debt

Whether it’s credit card debit, a mortgage or a bill that’s been left a little long, paying off money you owe is great for your peace of mind. Could quitting smoking help you become debt-free?

If you’re not sure where to start when it comes to managing money, head to Money Smart. Money Smart is a government program that offers free calculators, tips and counselling to help you sort out your finances.

More resources for when you want to quit smoking

For a tailored approached to help you quit for good, call Quitline 13 7848.


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Last updated: 9 March 2020