Smokers are being encouraged to ‘swap fags for swag’ and consider the financial benefits of quitting today (Wednesday) on National No Smoking Day.
Across Cambridgeshire nearly 20 per cent of adults smoke. But we know that about two thirds of adults want to quit and wish they never started.
This year smokers are being encouraged to focus on what they could afford to buy if they were to quit for a day (saving £7), a week (£49), a week (£100), a month (£210) and a year (£2,555).
Andrew Cowan (35) from Cambridge, started smoking when he was 15 years old and had tried to quit before, but this time, the cost just outweighed the benefits.
Andrew has this advice: “Think of the money you’ll save and could spend on something more enjoyable for you and your family. Some people suggested I saved the money and put it in a jar for a rainy day, however I would recommend spending it on treats for yourself.
“Since I’ve given up smoking, I have been able to go to watch football matches that I would not have been able to afford when I smoked. I’ve recently returned from a trip to Madrid where I got to see my team play in the Champions League, and there is no way I would have been able to afford something like that had I been smoking. Just give up, life is far too short, and it’s even shorter when you smoke.”
Andrew got support from CAMQUIT, Cambridgeshire’s free NHS stop smoking service, to quit smoking; which included Nicotine Replacement Therapy at prescription only cost.
Claire Mead, CAMQUIT coordinator said: “No Smoking Day provides the perfect opportunity for people to join thousands of others in Cambridgeshire attempting to quit on the same day. Camquit has already helped over 2,000 people quit smoking this year alone. We provide that extra bit of support to help you quit for good.”
If you are ready to save some money and keen to quit, contact CAMQUIT on 0800-0184304 or visit www.camquit.nhs.uk for free advice, information and support.
The annual health campaign, run by the British Heart Foundation, is now in its 30th year and helped more than 760,000 people quit smoking last year and inspired another 1.5 million to seek out information to help them quit in future.
For more information on the benefits of quitting as well as top quit tips, visit www.wequit.co.uk