Bodies hope advice about cash appeals to smokers

Smokers in Northumberland are being encouraged to give themselves an instant pay rise this summer by quitting.

Fresh and the Northumberland NHS Stop Smoking Service are encouraging the estimated 50,000 people in the county who buy cigarettes to give stopping another go and enjoy better health and more money for household items and holidays as a result.

A 12-a-day budget brand smoker buying in bulk (five packs of 18 cigarettes) would currently be spending around £32 a week, £138 a month and £1,664 a year on them.

Lisa Surtees, acting director of Fresh (a dedicated regional programme for tobacco control), said: “These are pretty huge sums and this money could be used instead to buy a new television or three-piece suite, a whole new wardrobe of designer clothes or a fantastic holiday for the family.”

The stop smoking service is also inviting anyone using an electronic cigarette to help quit tobacco to get in touch. For details on the support it provides, call on 01670 813135.