Monthly Archives: November 2016

Smokers Pay More For Their Life Insurance.

Everyone knows it, right? Smokers pay more money for their life insurance.  Does it really make that much of a difference? Of course it does. The likelihood of dying makes life insurance a pretty bad risk – and that likelihood is pretty high.  According to the CDC, Cigarette smoking is responsible for more than 480,000 deaths per year in the United States, including nearly 42,000 deaths resulting from secondhand smoke exposure. This is about one in five deaths annually, or 1,300 deaths every day. On average, smokers die 10 years earlier than nonsmokers. Those are pretty bad odds for an insurance company, thus the increased cost of life insurance. We’ll get to that in a bit, though.

This isn't the best way to quit.
This isn’t the best way to quit.

According to the American Cancer Society, about 40 million Americans still smoke cigarettes. Using tobacco is the largest cause of preventable premature death in the world – while the use of cigarettes has dropped (from 42% in 1965 to 16.8% in 2014), there are plenty of other ways to take in tobacco, and all are more dangerous than NOT taking in tobacco.

Quitting smoking has many benefits but can be hard. Research shows that using support groups and counseling can greatly improve your chances of quitting – and surprisingly that going cold turkey actually increases the “stickiness” of the quit. Most smokers quit several times for varying lengths of time before they actually cease all use, but according to healthcommunities.com, cold turkey seems to be the most successful method,

“ In a 2007 study published in Nicotine and Tobacco Research, researchers interviewed more than 8,000 adult smokers from four countries attempting to quit the cigarette habit. Participants were contacted at three separate intervals to see how their quitting methods had worked out. The researchers then compared success rates of smokers who were trying the cold turkey approach with those who were employing other methods.

The study found that 68.5 percent of the smokers made an attempt to quit using the cold turkey method, and of those, 22 percent succeeded after the second contact with researchers and 27 percent succeeded after the third contact. Among people using the cut down method, in which a person smokes successively fewer cigarettes before abstaining completely, only 12 percent and 16 percent, respectively, were successful.”

We human beings are snowflakes though, and cold turkey may not work for you – so try one of the many other cessation methods out there because it will do more than lower your life insurance rates; it will save you money, time, and give you many more years with your families.

So what does this have to do with Life Insurance? A smoker can pay substantially more premium for their policy than a non-smoker. Here is an example: a 40 year old male who is healthy and does not smoke can qualify for the best ratings Life Insurance companies have to offer. A  40 year old smoker can only qualify for a higher smokers rate. For example a $100,000 20 year term policy for the non-smoker is around $130.00 annually. However a 40 year old male smoker will pay around $271.00 annually for the same policy. That’s more than double the premium for the smoker. Over 20 years this adds up to $2,820.00 in additional premium that the smoker will have to pay for the same coverage. The bottom line is it pays not to smoke.

Here are some resources to help you stop smoking.

https://smokefree.gov/

http://www.cancer.org/healthy/stayawayfromtobacco/guidetoquittingsmoking/

https://quitday.org/quit-smoking/

 

 

Sources

http://www.healthcommunities.com/quit-smoking/quit-smoking-cold-turkey_bht.shtml

http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/fast_facts/

 

This is what grocery stores used to look like. We loved the color yellow back in the old days.

Service Like It Used To Be

Service like it used to be.

You check yourself out at the grocery store; you at least bag your own groceries. You check yourself in at the airport at a kiosk.  You get your own drinks at fast food joints. You pump your own gas. You even have to get your own shoes off of the wall at sporting goods stores.  Things weren’t always this way.

This is what grocery stores used to look like. We loved the color yellow back in the old days.
This is what grocery stores used to look like. We loved the color yellow back in the old days.

You probably don’t remember, but there was a time when people had professionals the counted on to be experts in their field; retirement planners, Insurance agents, travel agents, even bankers. Sadly, those days seem to be long gone in many fields, unless you have a lot of money to invest or spend – except in one remaining industry; insurance. Specifically, the kind of insurance we do here in our Dallas headquarters; auto insurance and home insurance.

 

I’m sure we all see the commercials, “Call or go online today to get your home insurance quote” or go online for your fast and free auto insurance quote.” They practically shout at you that IT SHOULD BE CHEAP!.  Do you know what makes it cheap? There are no insurance agents. These companies count on you to do the job of a licensed insurance agent and choose the proper coverage for yourself without the guidance of an experienced professional.

Usually cheap insurance is advertised by cartoon characters.
Usually cheap insurance is advertised by cartoon characters.

 

I can tell you that when that happens we see awful coverage, because car insurance and home insurance aren’t best approached as a commodity that must be as cheap as possible. When it comes to auto insurance or house insurance the guidance of a professional insurance agent will help you get the best insurance value, with the lowest possible premium.

 

Inexpensive insurance is different from cheap insurance though; inexpensive insurance can properly cover your assets. Cheap insurance usually covers the over driver better than they cover their own insurance clients.

 

Why? When you work with a licensed independent insurance agent (like we are here at The Phoenix Insurance) you get a lot for your money. Our agents are trained to get you the best insurance value for your dollar. Since we are independent insurance agents, we have the ability to look at your needs with a different perspective than most. We make sure that you pay the least amount of money you have to  for your home insurance, and your car insurance, and even for your umbrella insurance. When we shop multiple companies for our insurance clients, we try to find the best fit for them. Every company has a client that they give the absolute lowest insurance rates to, and we are able to find that company for our auto insurance and home insurance clients over and over.

The best part? We do it painlessly. Our reviews show it. We believe that when you buy car insurance or home insurance that it should be easy; that’s why you hired a professional. Every step of the way, from your initial quote to cancellation of your old insurance is handled by our staff to make the process as easy as possible for our clients. We are insurance advisers. We don’t sell anything.

 

Give us a call today and find out what service used to be. We’ll spoil you for anyone else.