A simple solution to avoid a pack of cigarettes will save you money, according to a new study.
But, experts warn it could put you at risk of choking on a pack if you are not careful.
Dr. Andrew L. Filippetti, a professor of preventive medicine at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, and his colleagues examined a sample of the more than 2,000 people who were asked to report smoking habits.
The researchers found that nearly two-thirds of smokers, or about 5.6 million people, reported that they had smoked cigarettes on a regular basis, often to smoke.
About 70 percent of those who reported smoking daily said they had purchased cigarettes at least once in the previous 12 months, according the researchers.
Nearly half of the smokers who had purchased at least one pack in the past 12 months said they would buy cigarettes at a future date, the researchers reported.
Among those who said they were willing to purchase cigarettes at the next date, however, the majority of those surveyed reported that a new pack would not be available in the near future.
So, what does this mean for you?
The study found that about two-fifths of the respondents who purchased cigarettes in the 12 months prior to the survey had no desire to purchase a cigarette at a later date.
But for those who did purchase cigarettes, they were more likely to purchase them at a time when the price was lower than the price they were already paying.
For example, those who purchased at a lower price in the prior 12 months were also more likely than those who never purchased to purchase at a higher price in subsequent 12 months.
For those who purchase cigarettes regularly, they may want to keep them under $50, compared to the average $80 to $90 they would pay if they purchased cigarettes on the spot.
But the researchers caution that these numbers should not be used to suggest that buying cigarettes is necessarily a bad thing.
“Our results suggest that a regular purchase of cigarettes may be an attractive option for those seeking to save money and avoid choking,” the researchers wrote in the study.
Dr Filippeti said the study offers a simple and straightforward approach to preventing choking.
“A pack of smokes costs about $20,” he said.
“It’s not an expensive way to avoid choking.”