Yes! It is today. NATIONAL NO SMOKING DAY. The day that it is hoped that smokers will quit for a day – and then move on to the next day, and the next….
This year they are saying that smokers should “Swop fags for Swag” and think about how much money they could save, and British Car Auctions have added to the incentive with the suggestion that a smokeless car would be easier to sell.
BCA say that they have firm evidence to suggest that any motorist who has smoked in their vehicle over a period of time will see a serious fall in the value of their car when they decide to sell it.
“The British Medical Association has highlighted research showing the levels of toxins in a car can be up to 11 times higher than in a smoky bar”, said Tim Naylor of BCA. “But if drivers aren’t motivated by the health of their passengers, perhaps they will be by the diminishing health of their finances. Lighting up inside a car seriously devalues the vehicle for resale.
“Our research shows that presentation is one of the top factors influencing the price of used cars. So if a car is more like an ashtray on wheels, chances are buyers will move on to find one that looks and smells fresh as a daisy.”
If you actually look at this in the cold light of day, the facts speak for themselves – especially if you have given up yourself, or perhaps your smoking partner. From a personal point of view, as a non-smoker, I have noticed a major change in my household after my wife gave up smoking.
There is no smell lingering around the house and the car anymore, and when my smoking daughter visits, it is a smell that is evident – especially when her son says “Mummy, you smell.” (Honestly; she has washed. It’s the smell of stale cigarettes on her clothes.) And when she dashes through the house to smoke outside after lighting up on the cooker if she has forgotten her lighter, the trail is obvious. Even the car smells after she has had a lift in it. I’d rather buy her a bus pass!
Admittedly, professional valeting can get rid of (or maybe just mask) most of the effects of smoking, but you will have to fork out for this as it is expensive and time consuming - and may even end up with you having to replace things like some interior trim, like nicotine-stained headlinings.
Tim Naylor concluded by saying: “Motorists should avoid having a cigarette in their car, especially if they intend to sell it in the near future. This will avoid the lingering smell of cigarettes in the interior, as well as eliminate the risk of scorch marks on the upholstery or dash. All of these things will put buyers off, even if they smoke themselves.”
So maybe it’s time for you to stop? No Smoking Day is as good as any. Try it. You may even enjoy it because after a while you will start to taste things again, save money, make friends, stay in the warm instead of huddling outside in the cold and perhaps sell your car easier.