Christine Illes
Features Writer

No smoking around buildings.

Despite what students are taught in high school, there are many college students that smoke tobacco. According to ABC News, researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health surveyed more than 14,000 students at 119 colleges nationwide, asking them to report on their lifetime use of tobacco. To the researchers’ surprise, about one third of college students smoke.
It’s hard to believe, considering many college students are struggling to pay for tuition and text books. According to, the average cost of a pack of cigarettes is about nine dollars today. If you were to buy a pack a day, that is $63 a week, $126 in two weeks, $270 in a month. In a year, smoking would cost you over $1,500. There are many other ways that money could have been spent.
Fruzsina Eordogh of states “If I smoked a pack a day, that would be $270 each month gone to waste. As it was at $1,512 a year, I could’ve instead saved for a vacation, a new laptop, or a 12-course meal at a 5-star restaurant. I could’ve redecorated my apartment, revamped my wardrobe — or made two payments on my student loans.”
So what’s the point here? Smoking is expensive. No college student can afford it. Cigarettes are addictive and once someone is addicted to them, it is nearly impossible to stop. It is not a habit someone should not get into. For our whole lives, our families and teachers tell us not to smoke.
Now is the time to realize that smoking is not just a great risk to your health, but to your wallet. No matter which way you look at it, you can’t afford it.