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by m. kumar AND natasha joibi
It’s time: With the new price hike, smokers should consider stubbing the habit altogether.
PETALING JAYA: While most see the recent cigarette price hike as a sign to kick the habit, others are unperturbed and continue to light up.
According to consultant Jeevan Daniel, 30, who smokes three packs a week, despite the price hike burning a hole in his pocket, the habit is too hard to break.
“I have been trying to quit every time the price goes up, but I have not been successful, so I doubt that will change now,” he said yesterday.
Another ardent smoker, Leo Chong, an IT analyst, said that the price was not a factor for him when lighting up.
“If I decide to stop smoking, it would be because of other reasons, like health, not because of this ridiculous price hike,” said Leo, who added that he would not be changing his one-pack-a-day habit anytime soon.
For project manager Zulkifli Zaman, 45, the price hike was a reminder to quit.
“Personally, I do not mind the price increase but I have three children and my wife has been telling me to stop smoking for a while now.
“Not only is it a waste of money, but I have to think about my family so, I will be looking at ways to stop smoking now,” he said.
Meanwhile, former smokers are looking on with a sense of relief for quitting long before the habit became expensive.
Azman Ismail, 34, who quit smoking five years ago, said that his annual cigarette expenses amounted to a month’s salary.
“I would drive around just looking for a pack of cigarettes,” he said.
Azman added that he finally decided to stop smoking and invested in a “quit smoking” kit instead.
“The price hike should be reason enough for people to kick the habit,” he said.
A security guard, who only wished to be known as Nadarajan, 54, said he was glad he quit smoking 10 years ago.
“I was smoking a packet a day for 15 years,” said Nadarajan, who stopped smoking because it was taking a toll on his health.
He added that the price hike would have been financially taxing for him if he was still stuck with the habit.
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