General Health Friday October 3, 2014

Costs Of Smoking Revealed

It’s that time of year again. Britain’s 10 million smokers are being encouraged to bin the ciggies as part of the annual Stoptober campaign, which kicked off a couple of days ago. The campaign challenges everyone to quit smoking for 1 month. It sounds easy from a non-smokers point of view, but, for most smokers, it’s like fasting. Let’s hope they don’t break the fast by celebrating at pubs and shisha bars at the end of the month.

Research reveals those who kick the habit for 28 days are 5 times more likely to quit for good. Over 190,000 smokers have signed up to the nationwide campaign, which is organised by Public Health England. The mass quitting campaign was very successful last year, with thousands of people kicking the habit. Organisers are hoping for even better results this year.

If you do choose to quit, you’ll be proud to join the 32% of Brits who are ex-smokers, while UK figures indicate the rate of smoking is also falling year-on-year – another piece of good news.

Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) have come up with some figures to highlight why you should stop smoking:

  • £141 – the amount an average smoker will save a month by not buying cigarettes
  • £2,900 – what a 20-a-day smoker will spend on tobacco in one year
  • 100,000 – is how many people die from smoking related symptoms in the UK each year
  • 600,000 – is how many adults and children die yearly from second-hand smoke exposure
  • £2.7 billion – is how much the NHS forks out to treat smoking related illnesses
  • 4,000 – the number of chemical compounds found in tobacco smoke
  • £12.3 billion – how much the government earned in revenue from tobacco tax between 2012-13.

If you’re serious about quitting, there are a lot of resources to help you. Why not download our free app, Puff Away-Stop Smoking, an interactive tool that will help monitor your progress. The app has the following tools and informational pages:

  • My smoking diary
  • Smoke free benefits
  • My smoke free savings
  • Share my results

If you stay strong, you can share your progress with friends and family and treat them to something nice with all those extra savings in the piggy bank. Visit our stop smoking page (link) for more information about smoking in general. If you can’t quit with will power alone, there are clinically proven cessation treatments available, such as nicotine patches, Champix and e-cigarettes.

And if you wish to be part of the Stoptober campaign, you can order free tool kits by contacting 0800 678 3173 or by registering on their website.

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