How you'll benefit

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No matter how old or young you are it is always a good time to stop smoking, as soon as you quit the benefits to your health and wealth begin.

Financial savings

Just think of what you might buy with the money saved when you quit smoking. It is worth putting aside the money you would have spent on smoking and treat yourself to something special.

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Figures based on the RRP of a pack of 20 cigarettes in 2014 of £8.47.

To work out exactly how much you could save try out our cost calculator.


You will reduce your risk of developing illness, disability or death caused by cancer, heart or lung disease. You will reduce your risk of gangrene or amputation caused by circulatory problems. You will protect the health of those around you by not exposing them to second-hand smoke; this includes the health of unborn babies.

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Smoking in pregnancy

Babies of mothers who smoke during pregnancy are more likely to have low birth weight, breathing problems and a higher risk of cot death.

  • Stillbirth is more likely in women who smoke.
  • There is a greater chance of your baby being born premature.
  • The risks of miscarriage and bleeding are increased.
  • Children of smokers have far more chest infections, coughs, wheezing, bronchitis and pneumonia.
  • Asthma and symptoms of asthma are more common.
  • More ear, nose and throat infections. A third of glue ear cases are caused by passive smoking.

Smoking and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (cot death)

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