‘Swap fags for swag’ says MSP

A North- east MSP has urged smokers to ditch the ‘baccy in run-up to National No Smoking Day on Wednesday March 13.

With the most prominant worry of smokers being the financial aspects of the habit MSP for the North- east Alison McInnes has encourage smokers to think about their pockets and swap the fags for some serious swag.

Data from the British Heart Foundation shows that the average 20-a-day smoker could save about £2,720 a year by quitting which climes to over £13,000 over five years.

Even lighter smokers could still save a bundle, a ten-a-day smoker could save over £1,300 a year by giving up.

The Liberal Democrat MSP said: “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 a lot of local support available and working out what you could afford to buy is a great motivator. I encourage smokers throughout the North East to give it a go and join thousands of others trying to quit on the day.”

Approximately one in four Scots adults smoke but around two thirds of current smokers say they would like to stop.

BHF Scotland director Marjory Burns said: “More than 750,000 smokers across the UK all try to 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.

“We’re here to help you every step of the way, so get ready to join in and swap fags for swag.”

The No Smoking Day campaign is now in its 30th year. It helped more than 760,000 people across the UK quit smoking last year.