Smokers can save cash by giving up fags
SMOKERS in Staffordshire are being encouraged to 'swap fags for swag' by considering the financial benefits of stopping smoking.
It is estimated that the average smoker could save £7 a day, £49 a week, £210 a month and £2,555 a year by giving up fags.
Now NHS Time to Quit teams are touring Staffordshire this week to highlight the services on offer for smokers wanting to quit.
The health awareness drive is being carried out ahead of national No Smoking Day on March 13.
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Many pharmacies and GP surgeries will also stage a wide range of promotional activities on the day itself.
Ian Saberton, of the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Partnership NHS trust, which runs the stop-smoking service, said: "A big incentive to quit comes from considering the sums of money people spend on cigarettes and thinking about what they and their family could afford if they were to give up for good.
"By tallying up the exact amount of money that could be saved, smokers can work towards an actual goal – be it a new pair of shoes, a family trip to the cinema or a dream holiday."
People wishing to quit should call 0800 0434304 or visit www.staffordshireand stokeontrent.nhs.uk