A short post today for all of you who smoke or know people who smoke.
Summary: You're paying a lot of money to kill yourself.
Buying cigarettes can really add up. If someone smokes half a pack a day and a pack costs $5, that's $913 per year wasted. If it's a pack a day, that's $1,825. And if it's two packs a day, that's $3,650 -- all money that's literally gone up in smoke.
Then multiply this by five, ten, or twenty years (or more!) that people smoke, add in what they could have earned if they had invested the money. Then consider the extra health care and insurance costs of smokers and you can really see that from a financial point of view, smoking does not pay.
Update: Time to post to the Beltway Traffic Jam.