Alex Cunningham, MP for Stockton North, is encouraging thousands of smokers across the country to ‘swap fags for swag’ by quitting on No Smoking Day on Wednesday 13 March.
Nearly one in five UK adults smokes, including 21 per cent in the North East. But UK figures show two-thirds want to quit.
Alex is supporting the annual health campaign, run by the British Heart Foundation, which shows how smokers could treat themselves to all sorts of ‘swag’ if they quit for a day, saving £7. Quitting completely could result in annual savings of £2,555.
“Stopping smoking is not only one of the best things you can do to boost your health but it’s great for your bank balance as well. Quitting can be difficult, but there is lots of local support available and working out what you could afford to buy is a great motivator. I’d encourage everyone in my Stockton North constituency to give it a go and join thousands of others trying to quit on the day.”
Vishnee Sauntoo, No Smoking Day campaign manager at the British Heart Foundation, said: “More than 750,000 smokers all try and quit on No Smoking Day, so it’s a great time to give it a go if you smoke and really want to quit. Your cigarette money really adds up, so whether you want to swap your day’s packet of 20 for a new lipstick, save for a week and take your kids to the cinema, or save for a whole year and reward yourself with a holiday of a lifetime there are lots of fun – and healthier – ways to spend your money.”