Here’s fun things you can buy with money saved from quitting cigarettes

two kittens on the left photo and white pitbull looking unknowingly at the camera


It’s no secret that smoking cigarettes can cost your health. But it also burns a massive hole in your hip pocket.

Quitting or never starting smoking are the best options. But for those who continue to smoke, there are now more smoke-free alternatives than ever. The Hold My Light website has innovative ways to help quit smoking.

In the UK the average smoker has about 10 cigarettes a day, according to data from the NHS.

So, if the average packet of 20 cigarettes costs about £11 (US$14.60), that means they’re spending about £38.50 ($51.60) a week on smoking cigarettes.

That equals £165 ($218.20) a month and a whopping £2007.50 ($2,655) a year. Imagine all the groovy things you could buy with that kind of money.

There are plenty of ways to quit smoking cigarettes which are highlighted in the Hold My Light campaign. One important trick to beating your cigarette habit is to replace your ‘reward’ of having a cigarette with something else.

We’ve put together some of the coolest, queerest ways you could spend the extra money you’re now saving after quitting smoking cigarettes.

1. Subscription to Netflix, Amazon AND Now TV

Belgian drama film Girl, currently streaming on Netflix, is causing a lot of controversy in the transgender community for its fetishization of trans bodies

Netflix is a major streaming service | Photo: Pexels

With the money saved from stopping smoking cigarettes, you can get premium access to the UK’s three most popular streaming services. For £34.96 per month you could spend hours bingeing your favorite shows on Netflix, Amazon Prime and NOW TV. What a way to distract yourself from cigarette cravings.

2. Sexy lingerie for trans women

GI Collection, founded and designed by Carmen Liu (pictured) is the first trans lingerie brand

GI Collection, founded and designed by Carmen Liu (pictured) is the first trans lingerie brand | Picture: Instagram (@gicollectionuk)

Model Carmen Liu just launched the world’s first lingerie line for trans women called the GI Collection. A sexy set of knickers and bra costs between £40 and £50. The all-important tucking tape is £10.

3. Get potted

lots of different pot plants in front of a white wall

Plants can help clean the air in your home of office | Photo: Patch Plants

Invest in some air purifying pot plants for your home or office. Not only do they look good, but they will detox the air, which you’ll need after years of smoking cigarettes. Patch Plants sell pot plants starting from £6 but have a package of nine of their best air-purifying plants with pots for £368.

4. Start PrEP

The PrEP survey demonstrated people's misunderstandings about the drug (Photo: © Marc Bruxelle |

The PrEP survey demonstrated people’s misunderstandings about the drug (Photo: © Marc Bruxelle |

PrEP (Pre-exposure Prophylaxis) is a proven HIV preventative medication. It’s not subsidized on the NHS but you can import generic PrEP from the website PrEPerly. A three-month course costs £89 ($119).

5. Go on the Golden Girls themed cruise – twice

The Golden Girls was a ratings hit for NBCNBC

The Golden Girls was a ratings hit for NBC

The Golden Girls at Sea, will take Golden Girls mega-fans from Miami to several places around Florida and the Caribbean Sea. Miami, of course, is where Rose, Blanche, Dorothy and Sophia lived.

Setting sail on 24 February 2020, the cruise costs £755.87 ($1000) for a standard cabin or $1200 for a deluxe cabin. Both include an unlimited drinks package.

6. Cute Pride outfit

a split photo. a headless man in a rainbow pride romper and a a woman in a glittery rainbow crop top and shorts

Cute Pride outfits for the 2019 season | Photo: Getonfleek/Asos

Pride season is right around the corner and we know that it’s better to have your outfits organized months in advance. Not only will you be able to buy multiple cute pride outfits but, you can also show off your healthy skin now that you’ve quit cigarettes. The Rainbow Romper from getonfleek is £60.33 ($80) and ASOS’ high waisted rainbow shorts will set you back £17 ($22.55).

7. Rescue a dog or a cat

two kittens on the left photo and white pitbull looking unknowingly at the camera

Why not rescue a pet? | Photo: Battersea

Sure, taking on a pet is huge responsibility, but at least you’ll be able to afford it once you quit smoking cigarettes. According to a study by Sainsbury’s Insurance the annual cost of a dog is about £1,183 and £1,028 for a cat. Battersea in London is probably the world’s most famous dog and cat refuge. It costs £135 to rehome a dog (£165 for a puppy) and £75 to rehome a cat (£85 for a kitten). By rescuing a pet, you’re not only saving their lives but also will bring a loving companion into your home.

8. Dinner at a Michelin star restaurant

a plate of five star food

A fancy meal is an absolute treat in life | Photo: Alain Ducasse at The Dorcherster

There’s nothing quite like dining out at a fancy restaurant and what better way to spend your new found riches than on a posh meal. Chef Alain Ducasse holds 21 Michelin stars. A tasting menu at his three Michelin starred restaurant, Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester will cost you £145.

9. Chest binder

a group of people wearing different chest binders. one person is in front of them sitting and is more prominent in the shot

gc2b makes chest binders by trans people for trans people | Photo: Facebook

Chest binders are a necessary daily step in dressing for trans men and non-binary people. gc2b is a trans-owned company based whose founder makes accessible, comfortable, and safe binding options designed by trans people, for trans people. Although costs vary, a classic gc2b binder starts at £30.

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Author: Shannon Power

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Manchester man on a mission to help other LGBTI people quit smoking

a professional shot of a LGBTI man who has short pink hair and lots of piercings on his face and ears

Jacub Sabo-Dutten was once so addicted to smoking that he ‘would have paid for cigarettes over food at one point of my life.’

The Mancunian started smoking at the age of 12, but has now been smoke free for a year.

‘It might take time, and a lot of effort, to quit – but you can definitely do it,’ he said.

Sabo-Dutten has joined a new campaign in Greater Manchester to help other LGBT people quit smoking.

The ‘exsmoker’ campaign focuses on the real life experiences of former smokers. It aims to provide a positive message that you can stop smoking. The campaign will remind smokers of the serious health impacts of tobacco. But will also focus more on the personal benefits of quitting, as experienced by these local residents.

LGBTI & smoking

Data shows LGBT people are more likely to smoke than straight and cis people.

‘Sadly LGBT+ people are more likely to smoke,’ said Carl Austin-Behan, who is LGBT+ adviser to the Mayor of Greater Manchester.

‘There are several reasons for this including that big tobacco companies deliberately target these communities with their products, through targeted advertising and sponsorship of LGBT events, and that LGBT+ people sometimes report that they took up smoking in order to “fit in” on the gay scene or to deal with the stress of coming out and discrimination.’

But new data shows between 2012 and 2017 more than 400 people a week successfully stopped smoking in Greater Manchester.

‘We rightly celebrate our vibrant LGBT+ communities in Greater Manchester and we want to make sure that LGBT+ people across the city region are able to lead healthy and happy lives,’ Austin-Behan said.

‘I’m really glad to see that considering and addressing the health inequalities faced by LGBT+ people is one of the ways in which we are doing things differently through devolution of health and social care.’


Author: Shannon Power

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