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What you could buy for the price of a pack of cigarettes a day

  • What you could buy for the price of a pack of cigarettes a day

    The days of cigarette smoke filled board rooms and Mad Men-esque lounges are behind us. And while it is clear that anti-smoking campaigns have been effective at halving the overall smoking rate from 40% in 1965 to 20% in 2006, 41% of cigarettes consumers today still smoke a pack a day.

    While smoking has been long known to cause serious health risks, a pack-a-day habit can also have an underrated financial impact for smokers. To help put this monetary burden in perspective, we analyzed 60 years of cigarette pack prices to determine how much wealth a pack-a-day smoker would accumulate if they instead invested those funds at 10% annual returns (roughly in line with the 90-year S&P 500 average gains).

    Read on to see the financial cost of smoking and the spectacular items and experiences you could buy if you saved instead, ranging from sports cars to space rides.

  • 60 years: 2017 Rolls-Royce Phantom

    Total wealth accumulated: $477,454
    1955 average retail price per pack: $0.23
    1955 average annual consumption: 108.3 packs

    What you could buy: a brand-new 2017 Rolls-Royce Phantom for as low as $460,000 with enough left over for the most-expensive fidget spinner.

  • 59 years: 2017 Ford GT

    Total wealth accumulated: $452,226
    1956 average retail price per pack: $0.23
    1956 average annual consumption: 108.3 packs

    What you could buy: one 2017 Ford GT Supercar for $450,000 and a maxed out Apple 15’ Macbook Pro.

  • 58 years: Luxury home in Costa Rica

    Total wealth accumulated: $428,787
    1957 average retail price per pack: $0.24
    1957 average annual consumption: 112.4 packs

    What you could buy: a two-bedroom and 2.5-bathroom luxury home in Costa Rica overlooking Marino Ballena National Park and a Pre-Owned Rolex Men's Two-tone Watch.

  • 57 years: Dickeys Barbecue Pit Franchise

    Total wealth accumulated: $406,927
    1958 average retail price per pack: $0.25
    1958 average annual consumption: 114.5 packs

    What you could buy: your own Dickeys Barbecue Pit franchise, ranked #1 in Fast Casual Top 100 Movers and Shakers 2016.

  • 56 years: submarine boat hybrid

    Total wealth accumulated: $386,052
    1959 average retail price per pack: $0.26
    1959 average annual consumption: 119.7 packs

    What you could buy: The Amphibious Sub-Surface Watercraft with above and below surface cockpits for $300,000.

  • 55 years: helicopter

    Total wealth accumulated: $366,620
    1960 average retail price per pack: $0.26
    1960 average annual consumption: 123.8 packs

    What you could buy: a 1985 Eurocopter AS 355F1 helicopter for $350,000 and a hand-carved luxury four-post bed.

  • 54 years : LaFerrari superwatch

    Total wealth accumulated: $348,609
    1961 average retail price per pack: $0.26
    1961 average annual consumption: 127.6 packs

    What you could buy: the Hublot $300,000 MP-05 LaFerrari superwatch and enough change for a $48,000 container house.

  • 53 years: two private islands

    Total wealth accumulated: $332,236
    1962 average retail price per pack: $0.27
    1962 average annual consumption: 127.5 packs

    What you could buy: Sarrat Island in Ontario, Canada with 1.5 acres for $189,178 and the 5-acre Echo Island Nova Scotia, Canada for $125,000, with just enough leftover for a genuine Italian leather 3-piece living room set for $13,263.

  • 52 years: yacht

    Total wealth accumulated: $316,895
    1963 average retail price per pack: $0.27
    1963 average annual consumption: 128.3 packs

    What you could buy: 1999 53Carver motor yacht for $316,000.

  • 51 years: Diamond smartphone

    Total wealth accumulated: $303,000
    1964 average retail price per pack: $0.28
    1964 average annual consumption: 124.3 packs

    What you could buy: ViPN’s diamond embedded smartphone for around $300,000.

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