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Grandmother’s Shocking Photo Comparing the Price of Cigarettes to a Basket of Groceries Goes Viral

Grandmother’s Shocking Photo Comparing the Price of Cigarettes to a Basket of Groceries Goes Viral

We all know that cigarettes are expensive. But a grandmother’s teaching moment for her grandkids has gone viral after she demonstrated exactly how costly they are to the average Australian family.

Judy Lawson’s grandchild commented to her about how pricey cigarettes were after watching someone purchase a packet. Spotting a moment to teach her grandies a valuable lesson, the Tasmanian nanna created a challenge. They decided to see how many groceries they could buy for the same price as an average packet of smokes.

Judy posted her comparison pictures on Facebook, where they have gained a lot of momentum and opened up an important dialogue about priorities and choices.

On one side of the table is a 40-pack of Longbeach cigarettes.

On the other side, neatly laid out complete with supermarket receipt is:

  • 1.12kg packet of breakfast cereal
  • 2kg potatoes
  • frozen peas
  • frozen beans
  • 1kg carrots
  • 1kg strawberry yoghurt
  • 500g dried spaghetti
  • 500g cheese slices
  • 500g mince
  • 2 x 600g packets of sausages
  • jar of pasta sauce
  • 2 loaves of bread
  • 2L milk
  • 1kg bunch of bananas
  • 1kg apples
  • 1kg tub of margarine
  • 20 pack bag of potato chips

The packet of smokes came to $56.95, the groceries totalled $56.85.

“They were surprised at the amount of food you can buy for the same monetary value,” Judy wrote in her post.

“I hope this exercise has made them aware of life’s choices and not to take up this habit.”

Facebook users agreed that it was quite incredible seeing the cost visually illustrated.

“Well done for putting this really great demonstration of what a choice can do,” one person wrote.

“20 smokes a day at $25, basically go to Italy twice a year,” another observed.

“A lesson they will never forget. Well done.”

Another price hike is expected to add to the cost of cigarettes in Australia on the 1st of September, 2020.



Source: Facebook/Judy Lawson

Jill Slater

Jill Slater

Jill is a busy wife and mother of four young children. She loves nothing more than making people giggle, and loves to settle in with a glass of wine (or four) and wander about the internet. Feel free to follow her to see all the cool stuff she finds!

One comment

  1. The price of cigarettes goes up on a regular basis at the same times of year…..every year.
    Very good and valuable example to children and adults too It’s a pity people don’t get support and give up smoking even if it takes awhile to quit. I know a couple who saved enough in a year to go for a short cruise. The children had a short holidays with their grandparents who live interstate, loved it and were in no hurry to go home even though they missed their parents and wanted to know when they were coming back

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